Tips To Keep Your 925 Sterling Silver Jewelry Looking Great
925 sterling silver jewelry can be some of the most appealing and eye-catching jewelry available. However, it does require some maintenance and care to remain as stunning as brand new. Several methods can avoid scratching, tarnishing & discoloration while cleaning sterling silver jewelry.
One main cleaning item for 925 sterling silver jewelry is using a soft cotton cloth or microfiber cloth. This simple yet effective cleaning technique will leave your jewelry shiny and can save you from spending a lot of money.
Best & Easiest Home Remedy you 925 silver jewelry
It is possible to create a cleaning paste that will leave your sterling silver jewelry as clean as new using just 2 simple ingrediency you can find in your kitchen.
To make this paste, simply combine:
- A small amount of water
- Double the amount of baking soda.
This mixture should then be mixed until it forms a paste and then applied to the jewelry that needs to be cleaned. But before applying the paste, make sure to rinse the silver jewelry with warm running water while gently wiping it with soft cotton or a soft microfiber cloth to remove any dust particles and carefully use a very soft bristle brush to clean hard-to-reach tiny gaps (like the insides a ring). Once the water is completely dried, the paste should be applied and left to dry before being rinsed and removed with a soft cloth. If done correctly, the paste should remove any dirt or smudges and leave your sterling silver jewelry as clean as possible.
You can also use hand sanitizer, which is not only a great cleaning agent for silver but also rubs away any tarnishing from your sterling silver jewelry as well.
Did you Know?
Tarnish is generally caused when metal is exposed to sulfur compounds, primarily hydrogen sulfide in the air, including relative humidity which also contributes to the tarnishing rate and that is why experienced jewelry manufacturers like 925 Silver Jewelry by Phoenix Manufacturing Co. Ltd., ensure that there is an additional long-lasting E-Coat (electro-coating) on all of their wholesale 925 silver jewelry.
However, here are some common culprits in your daily life you would need to be careful about if your jewelry is not E-Coated for Anti-Tarnishing:
- Salt: extremely corrosive to silver, avoid prolonged exposure to your jewelry
- Food (partial list): eggs, mayonnaise, onions, sour cream, mustard, garlic, fish, bananas, coffee, chocolate.
- Water: salt water, high chlorine levels in swimming pools, sulfur-rich well water
- Others: Natural gas, coal, oil, fireplaces, candles, some adhesives, grout
Regular exposure to any of these promotes tarnishing, so avoid spending money on jewelry that is not E-Coated, Hypoallergenic, Nickel & Lead-free.
That being said, to prevent tarnish and scratches from occurring on your sterling silver jewelry, three simple rules can be followed:
One of the most effective ways to prevent scratches from developing on your sterling silver jewelry is to polish them regularly. It is recommended to use soft cotton or microfiber cloth and polish the silver gently and carefully to remove any dirt that may cause scratches. Furthermore, regular polishing will remove any oils or acids from building upon the jewelry and prevent tarnish from developing.
2/Avoid rough handling
Another simple method of preventing scratches from occurring on your sterling silver jewelry is to simply handle the jewelry carefully and avoid throwing it around. Most scratches on silver jewelry will appear from the shaking, pulling, or rough movement. Therefore, being careful when handling the jewelry will often be enough to leave your jewelry entirely scratch-free.
3/Store safely when not wearing
Finally, many scratches occur on sterling silver jewelry when the jewelry is not carefully. For example, if a sterling silver necklace is stored on a table, it will usually be moved around a lot and at risk of being damaged. A jewelry box is a perfect solution to this problem as it will keep the jewelry held in its place and secure whenever it is not being worn.
When attempting to prevent scratches from developing on your sterling silver jewelry, the main thing you should avoid doing is trying to polish the silver with a rough or dirty cloth, rubbing too aggressively, or simply not polishing properly. Another method of tarnish prevention is e-coating, which covers the silver in a protective coat. This also means the silver will not require polishing regularly.
This Blog is made for educational purposes only as well as to give you general information and is subjective to each situation. We take no responsibility for what you do with this knowledge.
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