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How to clean your sterling silver jewellery

Sterling silver jewelry looks amazing when you first buy it, but after a while, silver can tarnish and become discolored. That doesn’t mean that you have to stop wearing your silver jewelry and put it away somewhere safe, because cleaning silver jewelry isn’t all that difficult to do. So, if you just bought some great looking silver jewelry and you are wondering about how to keep it clean, here are some tips on how to take care of sterling silver jewelry and how to clean it.

Things you need to know about sterling silver
Before we get into to how to clean your sterling silver jewelry, there are a few things that you need to know about taking care of it. Silver is quite a soft metal and it can tarnish quite easily, so here are a few tips that will help you keep your silver jewelry in perfect condition.

Wearing your jewelry will help keep it clean
Hiding your jewelry away in a jewelry box won’t stop it oxidizing so you are better off wearing your jewelry regularly. When you wear things like sterling silver rings, the natural oils in your skin act as a polish that helps to keep the silver clean.

Avoid contact with chemicals
Household chemicals and anything that contains sulphur will tarnish silver, so avoid letting your silver jewelry coming into contact with things like detergents, chlorinated water, or foods like onions, mustard and eggs.

Avoid contact with cosmetics
Another thing that will quickly tarnish silver is cosmetic products, so take your jewelry off before you use any makeup, hairspray, perfumes, or moisturizers.

Store silver jewelry separately
If you are going to store silver jewelry for any length of time, store it in a sealed airtight container, because exposure to the air causes tarnishing. You should also store it separately from other pieces of jewelry, because silver jewelry can get scratched easily when it rubs against other harder metals.

How to clean sterling silver jewelry

There are a number of things that you can use to clean silver jewelry, including commercial silver jewelry polish, dips, and polishing cloths. You will also find that some people recommend using homemade silver cleaners, such as baking soda and lemon juice, but we do not recommend that you use any of these homemade cleaning techniques, because they can make silver jewelry lose its shine and become dull.

In some designs patina is used deliberately on some parts of the jewelry to highlight the design, you won’t want to over polish it or soak the jewelry in a dip, so we recommend that you use a Jewelry Polishing Cloth, such as Sunshine  polishing cloths.

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  • Brand: Sunshine Cloth
  • Dimensions : 5-1/4"L x 1" dia. (133.4 x 25.4mm)
  • Country of origin: Japan