Taking Care of Your Jewelry: How to Keep Your Silver Jewelry from Tarnish
Everyone loves silver jewelry. It actually is one of the most popular materials used for jewelry, and it’s understandable, keeping in mind its versatility and luster. But there are many people out there who avoid silver rings for one particular reason: tarnish. In the case when oxygen and sulfur have contact with the silver, they bond and make the silver seem to be dirty – and no one wants that. If you want the best (and awesome) rings from the market, don’t forget to check here.
The good news is that it’s easy to clean it. We’ve written this article to give you some tips and tricks regarding the cleaning of the silver rings.
Keep in mind about sterling silver
Take some time to understand the physical attributes of your rings – this is how you’ll learn to care for them. The purity of the metal shows how pliable is the silver and how fast it will tarnish. For example, 950 sterling silver will tarnish in a faster way that .925 sterling is silver because it has an increased purity, so you need to be extra cautious.
There is also the term “oxidized”. There are many silversmiths who let parts of the jewelry to darken and oxidize intentionally – there are just small details – to make them different from others. However, these details can disappear faster, if they got polished and cleaned excessively. So take a look at your jewelry and make sure they don’t have these details. If they do, then you’ll need to clean them separately.
How to take care of them
Wearing it: if you wear, for example, your silver cross ring often, you won’t get tarnish problems. The oils from your skin will take care of it and will clean it, so it will always look shiny.
Avoiding exposure: corrosion and tarnish can appear if you get in contact with: perspiration, chlorinated water, household chemicals, rubber or substances with sulfur, such as mayonnaise, eggs, onions, wool, latex, and mustard. You might want to get your jewelry down when you’re doing household chores. Sunlight will also cause tarnish, so you might want to get them down when you go swimming, too.
Others things you will want to stay away from are perfumes, lotions, hair sprays, and other hair products and cosmetics. This is why many women put their jewelry last, after putting on the make-up. Storing it: you will need to store the silver jewelry in plastic bags that have anti-tarnish strips. However, you don’t need to put multiple jewelry pieces in one bag, as silver is a soft metal and they can scratch each other. Chains should be kept unhooked, because of the scratching matter, too. If you don’t find those special bags, keep them in a place where there’s low humidity.
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