How To Care For Sterling Silver Jewelry

Maintain a Sterling Silver jewelry

Nothing seems more alluring on you than a set of a glittering sterling silver jewelry. It has its own elegance with a lasting feel.

While, this fragile jewelry material shines, with time and under certain conditions, it will begin to oxidize and becomes dull.

Nonetheless. I am sharing with you on several precautions and tips to revive its condition and maintain the glitters . 

These methods are simple and practical, but before we begin, you must understand what exactly is a sterling silver and what it is made of, to make the cleaning process simpler.

What Is Sterling Silver Jewelry and What is it Made of?

Sterling silver is an alloy that is made of a mixture of around 93% silver and around 8% other metals, like copper. The reason why these materials are used to make a sterling silver jewelry, is because, it has long-lasting durability, malleability and a unique charm that goes well with all types of fashion wear.

Most people might think of sterling silver jewelry as a cheap jewelry item, but what they do not know is that, it is considered as one of the finest choices or alternatives against white gold due to its high-quality, long-lasting and unique appearance.

The advantage about wearing a sterling silver jewelry is, it is user-friendly to those who has a sensitive skin as it is free from nickel. This makes sterling silver a hypoallergenic jewelry item.

Now that you know the properties of a sterling silver jewelry, we can move onto how it can be stored to prevent tarnishing and cleaning if it oxidizes with time.

Storing Sterling Silver Jewelry, the Right Way

While most of us keep all our jewelry chunked up together in one box, we do not realize the damage done to the jewelry. This can cause the sterling silver to tarnish and ruins the beauty of a jewelry. To avoid this situation, you can take note the following tips on how to store the sterling jewelry the proper way:

  • Store jewelry items in separate boxes

When you keep all the jewelry pieces together in one box, it will start scratching against each other and cause tarnish all over them. To avoid this, keep a separate box for each sterling silver items (eg. earrings, necklace, rings, and bracelets, etc.)

  • Store it in a cool and dry place

Sterling silver jewelry can quickly get affected by the surrounding atmosphere. Avoid hot and humid conditions, like in the bathroom or balcony. The conditions can cause sterling silver to dampen and become dull. Keep your jewelry in rooms where there is air-conditioning which will maintain its original condition.

  • Keep in air-tight bags to prevent oxidization

If you wish your jewelry to last, take an extra effort in keeping it in an air-tight bags, so that it does not lose its shine due to oxidization.

Caring for Sterling Silver Jewelry

With knowledge and practicing the below tips to care for sterling silver jewelry, you would not have to worry about it becoming tarnished or worn out sooner.  Your jewelry will remain in a tip top condition for years to come.

  • Use a soft polishing cloth for daily cleaning

Wearing sterling silver jewelry on a daily basis can cause sweat and dirt to build up around the jewelry making it dull and greasy. So, in order to ensure that it remains clean and free from dullness, you can use soft cloths to clean and polish the jewelry before keeping them.

  • Use mild soap and water to wash it gently

If tarnishing occurs around your sterling silver items, then washing the jewelry would be the best way of getting rid of it. For this, you won’t need any strong chemicals, instead, you can use any mild soap and water solution to wash the jewelry items gently. Make sure that you use cloth for this washing process and not a brush, as it can be too coarse and cause damage to the surfaces.

  • Use a cloth instead of tissues 

The fibers in the tissues can cause the jewelry to get worn out, so using a dry cloth would be the right practice to care for your jewelry. After that store them in plastic containers or air-tight plastic bags.

  • Keep away from heat or direct sunlight 

Hot temperatures may damage your silver jewelry. You should avoid keeping the jewelry near sunlight or near appliances that emit heat, Your jewelry should be kept in drawers or closet where cool conditions permit.

  • Avoid wearing sterling silver when swimming and when using strong cleaning chemicals

You should avoid chlorine water at all cost. It will damage a sterling silver as it has the potential to erode jewelry and increase oxidation. 

You should avoid wearing sterling silver when you are doing heavy duty house chores, like window-cleaning or bathroom washing which utilize strong acids.

Conclusion

I hope with the above tips, you are equipped with every details in maintaining and cleaning your jewelry, for it to last as long as possible.
Jewelry is an apparel accessories similar to our shoes and clothing, whereby knowing what and how to maintain them matters. What we want is the value for money for most of the things we bought.

Do you have other advice in maintaining a sterling silver? Let me know in the comments below. 

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