How to stop sterling silver jewellery from tarnishing. Sterling silver is a wonderful and versatile metal for jewelry, making it very popular.
However, between neglect and everyday wear, it’s easy for your silver to lose it luster and tarnish. If you have silver jewelry and want to know how to keep it in pristine condition and avoid tarnishing, keep on reading.
Why does sterling silver tarnish?
Tarnishing is a result of a chemical reaction that occurs when silver meets air or various substances.
Silver tarnish is a form of corrosion but, unlike rust, does not destroy the underlying metal and can be removed.
How to store your jewellery
Ziploc bags are an easy way to keep your sterling silver from tarnishing if you lock out the air. Place your jewellery in a Ziploc bag, close it halfway and squeeze all the air out before sealing.
Once you sealed your sterling silver, you want to keep it out of direct sunlight, in a cool and dry area.
Keep away from wood
Keep your sterling silver away from any chemically treated surfaces, especially ones made of wood that has been stained or treated.
Chalk has been known to naturally absorb moisture and residue from chemicals. Place a piece of chalk in your jewellery box to help keep your sterling silver from tarnishing.
Use anti-tarnish strips
Anti-tarnish strips absorb agents in the air that tarnish sterling silver and are usually made from non-toxic materials.
Use silica packets
Often found in new shoes, new handbags or sometimes, clothing, silica packets are great at keeping your silver jewellery from tarnishing. They are used to keep products moisture free so keep them and store them with your sterling silver.
Never leave sterling silver jewellery lying around
It’s important to store your jewellery immediately after wearing it. Never shower with silver jewellery as the humidity will only quicken oxidation. Avoid swimming for the same reason. Between moisture, humidity and chlorine, your jewellery won’t stand a chance.
How to clean already tarnished jewellery
If your sterling silver is already tarnished, try to clean it immediately to avoid further tarnishing. Use a polishing cloth specifically made for silver. Try a silver wash if the tarnish is beyond repair. If that doesn’t work, you may need to bring your silver to a jewellery store.
Do not use baking soda or toothpaste
Some people recommend using baking soda or toothpaste to get rid of tarnish from sterling silver but it’s not a good idea. Both are too abrasive. Baking soda and toothpaste work well at cleaning other jewellery but try to avoid using them on silver.
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How to stop sterling silver jewellery from tarnishing