Sterling silver is an alloy of silver containing 92.5% pure silver and 7.5% other metals, usually copper.
How you can keep your sterling silver jewellery from tarnishing.
Although, you cannot stop the tarnishing process, you can slow it down by taking care to store your jewellery properly. When not wearing your jewellery, keep them in an airtight bag or container. Check that they are completely dry before storing them as moisture will react with the metal.
Note that moisture from swimming, bathing, perspiration, and from your fingerprints all can start the tarnishing process. Additionally, beauty products such as perfume, body lotion, hairspray and hand cream can all cause your jewellery to tarnish. To avoid this, we recommend putting your jewellery on last when getting dressed.
What can you do if your jewellery has already started to tarnish?
Sterling silver will become duller and tarnish with time. Try these steps to remove tarnish and give your silver jewellery a new lease of life.
- Use a lint free soft cloth to remove dust
- Clean with warm soapy water and if required use a soft toothbrush to get into hard-to-reach places
- Dry your item thoroughly
- Use a polishing cloth to polish.
If all else fails, have them as keepsakes, or drop them to a jeweller who can recycle the silver metal. Perhaps it’ll find a new life as part of a piece of jewellery for someone else to love.