Cleaning your Sterling Silver Jewelry
Regularly cleaning sterling silver jewelry will preserve the original appearance of your sterling silver necklaces, bracelets and earrings.
Clean right after use by wiping off sweat, makeup, and other elements with a cotton cloth before storing them back in your jewelry box. As needed, give them a rinse in dip liquid cleaner (Connoisseurs is a popular brand). You can grab a jar or liquid cleaner for around $8 at the jewelry counter of most jewelers. Cleaning sterling silver jewelry with silver cleaner is easy. Place your silver jewelry in the provided tray. Dunk it in and out for only a few seconds then rinse in lukewarm water until the soapy cleaning solution feels completely gone. Then, pat it dry with a cotton cloth and you’re done!
Steer clear of household substitutes like ultrasonic cleaners, ammonia or other improvised chemical cleaners. Ultrasonic cleaners are great at removing dirt but have no effect on removing tarnish, stains, or discoloration. Harsh chemical cleaners may do your sterling silver jewelry more harm than good.
Caring for your Sterling Silver Jewelry
Part of jewelry care is learning when to put on or take off your sterling silver jewelry to prevent corrosion or damage.
Put them on last – after you have finished applying lotion, makeup, hair styling product and perfume to protect them from these sometimes chemicals. Take off your silver jewelry before swimming, going to the spa, or doing household chores where it may come in contact with chlorine, salt water, or cleaning agents. Be sure to remove all jewelry before engaging in any sports activities, bathing and before sleeping.
Storing your Sterling Silver Jewelry
Avoid storing your sterling silver jewelry on top of your dresser or bathroom vanity. Precious metals like sterling silver naturally oxidize when exposed to the air, and keeping it out in the open will accelerate the process. Store your jewelry in a jewelry box where it is not exposed to open air, and is less likely to move around and get damaged. An anti-tarnishing lined jewelry box is ideal or even an air tight plastic zip top bag.