Caring for your silver
Maintaining that silver shine is just a matter of routine care and cleaning. Following these helpful tips will keep your sterling silver pieces looking as good as new!
Polished silver can look fabulous and striking when it is kept clean but it is also easier to tarnish if you don't care for it properly.
Everyday beauty products can damage your jewellery so make sure your accessories are the last thing to go on before you walk out the door! Always gently wipe your jewellery clean after wearing to remove skin oils and makeup.
Silver is usually suitable for everyday wear unless it is an intricate or fragile design. Avoid scratching your jewellery by storing it in separate compartments within your jewellery box.
Never wear your silver jewellery in the pool, spa or ocean as the chemicals and salt water will instantly tarnish your jewellery and this can be difficult to repair even with commercial cleaning polish.
Oxidised silver is a great alternative for people who have highly acidic skin but still want to wear silver given the designs are already oxidised.
It is best to clean oxidised silver with a soft cleaning cloth or for a deeper clean wash with a soft toothbrush and warm soapy water. Be sure to rinse very well and then carefully dry with a cloth.
You cannot use any form of silver dips or cleaning solutions on these pieces as it will remove the oxidation and drastically change the look of your piece! If you do not have the appropriate cleaning materials we have specialised cleaning devices at My Jewellery Shop to help bring the shine back.
As tempting as it can be, we strongly discourage you from using any DIY solutions to clean your silver as most household items will tarnish the metal, even if it is already oxidised! Whilst you may see it work on certain pieces, not all silver contains the same mixture of alloys or quality elements. Therefore, what may work on one piece won't always work on another.
Instead, consider purchasing one of our at home cleaning kits with easy to follow instructions or bring your jewellery in store for our professional cleaning service.