All pieces are handmade from 925 sterling silver. A beautiful precious metal that does need a little love and care to keep it at its best. Tarnish is caused by a reaction with sulphur that naturally occurs in the air. Tarnished silver will turn a darkish grey-black colour and is easily removed when it first becomes visible. Sterling silver will naturally tarnish with exposure to the air, environment, perfumes, moisturisers, hairspray, soaps and perspiration etc. These are obviously a fact of life so regular cleaning will help keep your silver sparkling. To reduce the amount of tarnish on your favourite pieces follow these simple rules:
- Make accessorising the last finishing touch – Put your jewellery on after you have applied make-up, perfume and hairspray to avoid unnecessary contact with these chemicals.
- Do not swim (this includes Jacuzzi’s, swimming pools and the beach) or shower in your jewellery.
- Remove your jewellery before exercising.
Cleaning your Sterling Silver Jewellery
Silver jewellery with no gemstones or pearls can be washed in warm water with a mild detergent. Completely dry with a soft lint free, or nonabrasive cloth before storing. Please don't use your kitchen paper towel to dry as this can scratch your silver. If you have discovered some older Sterling Silver jewellery that has been unloved for a while, you can lavish it with warm soapy water and gently use a soft natural bristle toothbrush to clean, dry thoroughly as above. If you need something a little more robust try a polish specifically for silver like Silvo. Simply shake well, apply with a soft cloth and leave to dry. Gently rub off with a clean soft cloth and get ready to discover some serious sparkle. Specialist silver polishing cloths that come with your jewellery or are available to buy from my Etsy store are also ideal companions to your jewellery. They are 100% cotton infused with special silver cleaners. These clever silver cloths will help bring your jewellery back to life on a daily basis, essentially lifting off dirt, grease and fingerprints.
Do Not Use Silver Dips - I don't recommend the use of silver 'dips' or liquids as these work by dissolving the silver sulphide and can damage the surface of the silver and wear it down over time. Even though cleaners might give a temporary shine, the pieces will tarnish much more quickly and have to be cleaned more frequently once you have broken down the surface. Toothpaste – Being a mild abrasive it can help to eliminate minor scratches but if not used properly I have found it can damage and scratch your silver and leave a dull film. A safer option for removing scratches on your jewellery is to have it professionally polished.
Storing your Sterling Silver Jewellery
- Sterling Silver loves somewhere cool, dark and moisture free to live.
- Give your jewellery a little love with a silver polishing cloth after wearing and before putting away.
- Fasten all of your chains to stop them getting tangled, always fasten any extender chains on the last hole.
- Store your jewellery in an airtight jewellery box or even in little airtight Ziplock bags or soft pouches and always separately as they can scratch each other.
Silver that is regularly used typically needs less care, so a great reason to wear your favourite pieces regularly!