Cleaning

 

Ring Being Polished

How to Clean Your Silver | Silver and Gold Jewellery

All silver / silver with gold jewellery when purchased from this website is accompanied by a card which suggests how you can take care of your designer jewellery.
If you are giving the jewellery as a gift, please ensure the recipient receives the care card.  The website address is purposely not disclosed so you don't need to worry that they'll find out how much you've spent.

As a natural material, silver reacts with its environment, especially the chemicals in the air and, over time, silver can tarnish. (known as oxidation). This doesn’t mean that your lovely jewellery is defective, far from it, it just proves that your beautiful accessory is good quality silver.

* Perfume, soap, hairspray, salt water, water and heat, household cleaning products and perspiration all speed up the tarnishing process.

* Leaving silver unprotected in the air may cause the silver to lose its shine.  Preventable if not worn frequently by sealing in an air tight container.

* Please note that chlorine can seriously damage the silver.


Oxidation is an easily reversable process and the silver can always be cleaned to bring it back to its former glory, so there's no need to be concerned.  Cleaning the silver when it begins to tarnish will obviously be an easier task.  If it's left too long and turns completely black then it may require professional cleaning.


An inexpensive multipurpose polishing cloth can be used to gently rub your jewellery.  Specialised cleaning cloths are often impregnated with cleaning and anti-tarnishing agents, so a normal soft cloth will not provide the same results. Silver dip may also be used (which is available from any high street jeweller).  Please ensure you follow the instructions on the pot if you use silver dip.  Do not use silver dip with purposely oxidised /drop cast/ enamelled jewellery or with gemstones. Gemstones that are particularly affected by silver dip are pearls, sodalite, malachite, lapis lazuli, white opals, turquoise or any soft or porous stones. It is vital to ensure that once dipped, it is rinsed and then dried thoroughly or you will find it oxidising worse than previously!

 

I generally use dip if an item is extremely badly tarnished, than I follow it up with a good rub with the polishing cloth which helps the shine, but also makes sure that there's no minute drops of water ready to tarnish it again too. The particular cloth sold on this website is a multi-purpose cloth which is suitable for a combination of silver and gold - perfect for the jewellery I make with the touches of 9ct gold.  It is also perfect for the anodised aluminium and silver jewellery.


It is advisable to ensure you don't damage your jewellery to remove it at night, when swimming, bathing or undertaking manual or domestic tasks.


Store your jewellery in an air tight container. Also store separately from other items as this will also prevent scratches from items rubbing together.


If you always remember to get ready first (make up, hairspray, perfume) and then put on your jewellery you can assist in keeping your silver jewellery bright and beautiful for many years to come.