How to Care for Sterling Silver Jewelry
Sterling silver requires special care to preserve its appearance and longevity.
Sterling silver tarnishes when exposed to salty air, chlorine, sulfur, humidity, perspiration, cosmetics, household bleach, and other strong chemicals.
To prevent tarnish as much as possible, we recommend that you store your fine jewelry in a safe, dry place when engaging in the following activities:
- Household and outdoor chores;
- Showering, bathing, or swimming in pools, hot tubs, hot springs, and the ocean;
- Using lotion, hair products, fragrances, and other cosmetics;
- Exercising at the gym or during contact sports;
- Preparing meals.
How can tarnished silver be restored?
While there are ways to minimize the chance of tarnishing, unfortunately, it's inevitable that your silver jewelry will have some tarnishing at some point in its lifespan. However, can silver be restored to its original state if it becomes tarnished? This may depend on how discolored your jewelry is.
- 1. Washing powder and aluminum foil. Using laundry detergent and aluminum foil is one of the gentlest and cheapest ways to remove tarnish from silver, and it's less likely to cause scuffs to your silver.
- 2. Sodium bicarbonate (baking soda). Baking soda helps dissolve organic compounds such as dirt, grease, and grime, so this is also one of the effective ways to remove rust from silver jewelry.