So you’ve found your perfect Queen and Collection Jewelry. Or, you’ve stumbled across this blog and are now obsessed with sterling silver. Regardless of the reason, you’re here with the ultimate question, "How do I take care of sterling silver jewelry"?
Why Does Silver Tarnish?
Tarnishing occurs when there's an interaction between silver molecules and sulfur. Luckily Queen and Collection have some of the most durable, high-quality sterling silver products.
Basic Care Options
Upkeep for sterling silver jewelry is crucial for longevity. Continue reading for tips on how to care for your sterling silver jewelry.
Wear Your Jewelry More Often
Believe it or not, you can avoid tarnishing your sterling silver jewelry by wearing it more often. The oils from your skin serve as a cleansing option for the silver and keep it looking shiny.
In-between the wears, wipe down your jewelry and make sure it's dry before storage.
There's a reason many women and men continue by the best practice of getting dressed with jewelry as the last touch. To keep silver jewelry pure, you need to stay away from like:
- Substances containing Sulfur- Sulfur is the bane of silver's existence. Why? Because it's one of the primary causes of tarnishing and corrosion. Keep your sterling silver jewelry off while handling mayonnaise, eggs, mustard, onions, latex, and wool.
- Household chemicals- It's best to take off your jewelry while doing household chores such as washing the dishes, laundry, or any instance that involves cleaning supplies. These chemicals can erode the shine in your silver.
- Cosmetics- Another list of big enemies of sterling silver jewelry includes cosmetics, lotions, hair sprays, hair products, and perfumes. These products accelerate tarnishing. Ensure these kind of products settle in before putting on your jewelry.
- Outdoor Activities- Any outdoor activity like a contact sport, the gym, swimming or gardening, has the potential to damage your jewelry. It's best to ensure you remove your jewelry while engaging in this kind of activity.
Exposure to the atmosphere tarnishes sterling silver. It's important to have it stored in an airtight plastic bag or airtight, soft fabric-lined box. Links or chain bracelets should be unclasped or unhooked so that they don't scratch.
How to Clean Sterling Silver at Home
At Queen and Collection we recommend that you go to a professional jeweler to help clean your sterling silver, but just in case you want to skip the jeweler, here are some home remedies for cleaning.
One thing that's important to note—silver cleaners are not for all types of silver jewelry. This means that you should not completely wash jewelry with pearls or opaque gemstones in these mixes because it can damage the stones.
After using these solutions, wash your silver with running water or a clean, damp cloth. Then, dry the pieces with a microfiber cloth.
Polishing is the most effective solution when tarnishing is not too severe. Since silver has the potential to easily scratch, it's important that you polish with a special silver cloth. Other options are a lint-free flannel, micro fiber, or soft, non-abrasive cloth. You should definitely stay away from paper towels or tissues because they contain fibers that scratch the silver.
Use back-and-forth motions that mirror the pattern of the silver jewelry and switch to different sections of the cloth to avoid re-tarnishing the silver. For those hard-to-get areas, Q-tips are always great.
Soap & Water
Warm water and moderate, ammonia and phosphate-free dishwashing soap is an excellent go-to when polishing doesn't remove the tarnish. We strongly recommend trying this method first before using any of the following methods.
Baking Soda & Water
Mix baking soda and water to make a paste. Then apply a pea-sized amount on the silver and polish. If you're cleaning sterling silver that has more detail, thin your paste out with more water and use a soft-bristled toothbrush for cracks and crevices.
Finally, run the piece under warm water and dry it with a clean cloth.
Olive Oil & Lemon Juice
Mix ½ cup lemon juice with one tablespoon olive oil in a bowl. Then, use a small micro fiber cloth and dip it in the solution. Use this cloth to polish your sterling silver, rinse and dry.
White Vinegar & Baking Soda
If you're wondering how to clean a sterling silver ring, the combination we are about to see is an excellent gentle cleanser that removes heavy tarnish. Soak your tarnished jewelry in ½ a cup of white vinegar with two tablespoons of baking soda. Keep the sterling silver jewelry piece in this solution for two to three hours, then rinse and dry.
When its all Said and Done
The only thing that will help your sterling silver jewelry last for a long time is how you take care of the pieces. so let's show some love to our jewelry and keep the shimmer shining