Caring for your silver
Here are some tips to care for your silver and prevent tarnishing (especially when at the coast):
Tip 1: Dry silver is happy silver
Pure water by itself doesn't damage sterling silver, but most of the water we're exposed to in our daily lives is not purified. Therefore, to keep your silver sparkling white, avoid: showering, washing your face, swimming in pools, hot tubs, hot springs, and swimming in the sea when wearing your silver jewellery.
Tip 2: Apply Perfumes & Lotions FIRST
Perfumes & Lotions can also cause your jewellery to tarnish, so ideally apply your perfumes and lotions first, let them dry, and then put your jewellery on. This alone can make a huge difference to your silver's luster.
Tip 3: Maintain proper storage
Even air exposure can tarnish jewellery - so it's best not leave your jewellery on your nightstand or in an open jewellery chest. Keep them sealed in boxes. (For best results, use air tight zip lock bags)
Tip 4: Know when to take off your jewellery
I know you love your gorgeous jewellery, and I know it can be hard to take those babies off/on again. But, it's critical to remove your jewellery sometimes. For example:
During Household chores (dishes/laundry/when using cleaning supplies)
During exercise, gym, contact sports (due to sweat)
When showering or bathing
when sunbathing! (yes, harsh sun can be cruel to our silver jewellery)
When getting ready (perfumes, lotions, makeup, hair products)
when cooking, preparing or eating foods that contain sulfur (this includes eggs & mayonnaise)
Outside chores (e.g. gardening)
Tip 5: Polish it pretty
Use a microfiber cloth to wipe down your jewellery. Ensure to use different parts of the cloth to avoid spreading any tarnsih. Do not use circular motions, as it can make the tarnish worse. For more detailed parts of the jewellery, use a Q-Tip.
Tip 6. Make your own DIY Cleaner:
1. Water & baking soda method
- 2 parts water to 1 part baking soda. stir into a paste. Use an old toothbrush to apply this DIY cleaner in gentle motions and movements.
2. Salt Water & vinegar Method
- Line a cooking pan with aluminium foil. Place each piece of jewellery directly on the foil. Combine 1 cup of boiling water with 1 tablespoon of sale & 1 tablespoon of baking soda together. Pour the mixture into the pan. Add 1/2 cup of vinegar to the mixture.
Bubbles will surface! Let the mixture sit for about 7 minutes. Rinse with cool water and dry with a microfiber cloth.
940 Argentium silver is more tarnish-resistant than sterling silver - this does not mean it will NEVER tarnish.
Proper care/maintenance is necessary for any fine jewellery. If you follow these recommended tips, silver care is incredibly easy!
Pure silver is delicate
Hot climates, like the coast, can cause pure silver to tarnish (seawater, pool chlorine, suncreams, sweat & oils can all cause different degrees of tarnishing to pure silver)