Caring for your silver jewellery is important in order to keep it looking as wonderful as the day you received it. Over time silver does naturally react to various aspects of the environment and may begin to tarnish. Follow our tips to keep your jewellery looking its best.
What is sterling silver?
Pure silver, or silver with a 99.9% silver content, is a very soft metal and so is generally too soft to produce lasting jewellery pieces. This is where sterling silver, or 925 silver, really comes into its forte. Sterling silver is 925 parts per 1000 (92.5%) silver mixed with 75 parts per 1000 (7.5%) alloy metal. Mixing the silver with an alloy metal such as copper means that the silver becomes hard enough to create wonderful jewellery whilst maintaining the properties of silver, such as the shine and colour in jewellery that can be made to last.
Wearing your sterling silver jewellery
Sterling silver jewellery does tarnish over time. This is not a design or manufacturing flaw or a sign of counterfeit products but is due to a natural process called oxidisation. Oxidisation is the process by which silver reacts with the air and darkens in colour. Factors such as the silver coming into contact with perfumes, cosmetics, skin creams, salt water and other chemicals such as ammonia and bleach can speed up the oxidisation process. Therefore we do not recommend wearing your silver jewellery to sleep or when bathing or swimming. The best way to slow down the oxidisation process is to wear your silver jewellery.
How to store your sterling silver jewellery
Since contact with the air without the jewellery being worn can speed up the tarnishing process, we recommend storing your silver jewellery in a cool, dry place away from humidity and sunlight, such as a lined jewellery box.
Sterling silver is a soft metal and can easily scratch if stored with other items and so we recommend storing your silver jewellery items carefully to avoid any scratches or damage.
Cleaning your sterling silver jewellery
We recommend being very careful when cleaning your silver jewellery. You can use warm water and pat your item clean with a soft and non abrasive cloth. When using water, be sure to pay careful attention to jewellery with stones so the stones do not become loose and ensuring not to bend or distort the claws holding stones in place.
A soft jewellery cleaning cloth can help remove light tarnish as these cloths are treated with a special coating to help clean your jewellery without harming it.