Over time any silver plated or sterling silver jewellery pieces exposed to the air will tarnish. Tarnishing occurs faster in areas with a high humidity and air pollution. Some chemicals like perfumes, hairsprays, deodorant, lotions, bleach and sun cream can speed up the tarnishing process.
These tips can be used for any jewellery you own, not just the items we sell.
Here are some of our Jewellery Care tips to help prevent the tarnishing process:
- When storing your jewellery, ensure it is clean, dry and kept in an airtight container. Your jewellery will be posted to you with a plastic sealable bag which can then be used to store your jewellery in the future.
- Adding an anti-tarnish strip in the container with the jewellery helps to absorb tarnish-causing elements.
- Keep your jewellery away from excess moisture. Do not leave your jewellery in the bathroom unprotected.
- Make sure you take off jewellery before showering/bathing or swimming.
- Try to minimize contact with chemicals such as perfumes, hairsprays, lotions, sun creams and make-up. It is good practice to remove jewellery before doing any housework to avoid contact with any cleaning chemicals.
- After taking off your jewellery clean it with a soft dry cloth, or polishing cloth, before returning it to an airtight container.
Here are some tips on how to clean your jewellery if tarnishing does occur:
- If your jewellery does begin to tarnish, cleaning it straight away will make it easier to restore your jewellery than if you let it sit longer.
- Use a silver polishing cloth to remove oxidation from silver.
- If polishing with a cloth does not remove all the tarnish, you can wash your jewellery.
- Immerse your jewellery in warm water with a few drops of mild washing up liquid and gently hand wash with a cloth. Cotton swabs can be used to clean tight corners. It is important to remember not to wash your jewellery for more than 10 minutes.
- Cotton swabs can also be used for cleaning any jewellery with gemstones or pearls as these should not be submerged. The swab can be used to clean the silver elements of the jewellery.
- Make sure to thoroughly rinse your jewellery after washing and ensure your pieces dry before returning to an airtight container as moisture speeds up the tarnishing process.
- Special jewellery cleaning solutions can be used to clean your pieces but please be sure to read the label to ensure they are the correct solution for your jewellery. Some solutions may be too harsh and scratch your jewellery.
- Do not use toothpaste, baking soda or any harsh chemicals to clean your jewellery pieces as these may scratch them and even make the silver duller.
The most effective approach to managing tarnish is to clean and dry your jewellery properly to prevent the tarnish in the first place. Cleaning as soon as tarnish begins to show will make it easier for you to keep your jewellery looking its best.