How to care for your Sterling Silver Jewellery
Help prevent tarnishing
Most of the jewellery pieces on our online store are either platinum plated, rhodium plated, silver plated or e-plated which all offer a great anti tarnish barrier.
When not wearing your Sterling Silver jewellery it's advisable to keep it protected from exposure to air (this tarnishes silver). Store it back in the gift box provided with your purchase together with the silica gel inclusion. This will minimise tarnishing.
Help prevent scratching
When storing multiple jewellery pieces it's best to store them in their included gift box complete with the silica gel.
Link or chain bracelets should be kept unclasped or unhooked to prevent scratching as well.
Simply polishing your Sterling Silver with the polishing cloth included with your purchase works well when the tarnishing is not too severe.
It’s also the best method for cleaning oxidized silver, as you need to stay away from the intentionally tarnished areas to maintain the oxidized look.
Change to a different section of your cloth frequently to avoid placing tarnish back on the silver. You can use a Q-tip to get into small, detailed areas.
Cleaning tarnish from Sterling Silver
Baking soda and water: Make a paste of baking soda and water and use a clean cloth to apply a pea-sized amount to the silver and polish. For etched, stamped or detailed items, thin the paste with more water and use a clean, soft-bristled toothbrush to get the cracks and crevices. Run the silver piece or pieces under running warm water, and dry with a clean cloth.
Olive oil and lemon juice: Mix 1/2 cup lemon juice with 1 tsp. olive oil in a bowl large enough to hold the cleaning solution and a small microfiber cloth. Dip the cloth in the solution and wring it out so that it doesn’t drip, then polish the silver, rinse and dry.
White vinegar and baking soda: Use this gentle cleaner to remove heavy tarnish that’s preventing you from polishing your silver. Soak the tarnished piece in a solution of 1/2 cup white vinegar and 2 tbsp. baking soda (be prepared for the fizzing!) for two to three hours, then rinse and dry.