Sterling Silver Jewellery Care

HOW SHOULD I TAKE CARE OF MY STERLING SILVER JEWELLERY ON A DAY-TO-DAY BASIS?

1. Make your jewellery the last thing you put on in the morning, and the first thing you take off at night.

2. Remove when cleaning, swimming and taking a shower. The chemicals used during these activities could cause immediate tarnishing.

3. Remove when sleeping. Movement during sleep can cause stress.

4. Store your jewellery in a cool, dry place. The bag provided will slow tarnishing and prevent scratching by other pieces in your jewellery box. 

5. Wipe your jewellery clean with a soft cloth before returning it to storage to remove any body oils and dirt.

Q: HOW DO I CLEAN MY STERLING SILVER JEWELLERY?
A: To keep your jewellery looking its best, periodically clean it in a mild soapy water mixture and a SOFT toothbrush. Rinse thoroughly with water and dry completely with a soft cloth.  Never use paper towels or tissues to dry your jewellery as they contain fibers that can scratch.

Q: WILL MY STERLING SILVER JEWELLERY TARNISH?
A: Yes, all sterling silver jewellery will tarnish.  The exposed layer of silver reacts with chemicals and even the elements in the air to form something called "patina".  It appears as a faint golden glow that you may notice after wearing your jewellery a number of times. Certain things like rubber, latex, chlorine and sulphur can actually burn your silver, so keep them as far apart from each other as possible.

Q: WHY SHOULD I PAY MORE FOR STERLING SILVER JEWELLERY IF IT IS GOING TO TARNISH ANYWAY?
The difference is the amount of silver.  Silver-plated jewellery only has a very thin layer of silver over base metal.  When the available silver has tarnished and been rubbed away by cleaning and/or polishing, you are left with the base metal components that will never shine again.  Very cheap silver-plated jewellery is actually made with plastic and it will look even worse!

Sterling silver has unlimited layers to work with.  If your jewellery has lost its brilliant shine, follow the instructions above to remove the layer of patina and reveal the next layer of shiny silver!

Proper sterling silver jewellery care ensures you will enjoy your jewellery for years to come.

Information above supplied by beadedroyalty.com
 

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