Caring for your Sterling Silver Jewellery:
Simple things - like paying attention to how you store, wear, and clean your sterling silver jewellery, are all important. Remember to always store your jewellery in a dry and air-tight place. Wear your jewellery often, but be sure to remove it when showering, swimming, or working with certain chemicals or foods that contain sulfur. As a general rule, it’s always best to put on your jewellery last when getting dressed. Polishing your sterling silver before it becomes too tarnished will minimise the amount of work needed. These simple steps will help keep your sterling silver jewellery looking beautiful for years to come.
What is Sterling Silver ? Pure silver (also called fine silver) is soft, very malleable, and easily damaged. For use in jewelry, it is combined with other metals to produce a more durable product. The most popular of these alloys is sterling silver, which consists of 92.5 percent silver and 7.5 percent copper.
What causes tarnishing? Tarnishing (also known as oxidation) is a result of oxygen or sulfur coming into contact with sterling silver.
Storing your Sterling Silver Jewellery: Oxygen and moisture in the air will tarnish Sterling Silver Jewellery, so it's important to properly store your jewellery to help minimise the oxidation process. Here are a few storage tips:
- Store in an area with low humidity (no bathroom storage).
- Store each piece in an airtight plastic bag. Just make sure the bags you use don’t contain abrasive materials such as Mylar or polyethylene. Keep each piece in a seperate bag.
- Place a packet of silica, a piece of chalk or an anti-tarnish strip in the storage bag, and squeeze all the air out of the bag before closing it.