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Good fine jewellery should give you a lifetime of pleasure. Follow the tips below for cleaning jewellery to make sure your jewellery stays in perfect condition for years to come.
What makes silver jewellery tarnish and how do you get rid of it?
That nasty black colour is caused by sulphur in the atmosphere reacting with the silver. We’ve heard of lots of ways to clean sterling silver including soaking your silver in lemonade; gently rubbing your silver jewellery with a toothbrush and toothpaste; using vinegar and placing your jewellery in denture water – the bubbles apparently lift the dirt away!
However, all you need to do is to gently clean your silver jewellery with very mild soap and water and rinse well. And then pat dry thoroughly with a lint free soft cloth like felt. Don’t use a paper towel as the fibres can scratch the silver.
If your silver jewellery is only slightly tarnished, then you only need to buff your silver jewellery with a lint free soft cloth like felt to renew its brightness.
Caring for your sterling silver jewellery
Everyday products such as perfumes, body lotion, hairspray and cosmetics can damage your silver jewellery. As can the chlorine from a pool or jacuzzi. And remember to always take your silver jewellery off before you plunge into the sea, take a bath or shower, or doing any physical exercise. Household chemicals can be particularly bad for silver. So remove your silver jewellery before doing the housework – or get those rubber gloves out!
Storing silver jewellery
Store your silver jewellery in a dry, cool place. And keep individual pieces separate so they don’t knock against or scratch each other. Keeping your sterling silver pieces wrapped in acid-free tissue paper, placed inside a sealed polythene bag is ideal.
Follow these tips and your silver jewellery will have a long and happy life.
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