Sterling silver is beautiful and contains a brilliant luster that is hard to resist. Keeping it clean, however, can be a daunting task. Here are a few tips to help you take care of your silver jewelry.
Because silver is a fragile metal it is highly susceptible to being tarnished and scratched. To keep your sterling silver looking brand new, try cleaning it with:
- Salt Bath: Pour hot water in a bowl and add a tablespoon of salt and a few scraps of tin foil. Stir until the salt has dissolved. Add your sterling silver jewelry and swish it in the mixture for a second or two. Let it sit for five minutes and then rinse with cold water. Gently dry your item with a clean cloth.
- Toothpaste: Use non-abrasive toothpaste that does not contain whitening ingredients. Smooth the substance all over your sterling silver. Rinse it completely and dry with a soft cloth.
- Baking Soda: Mix baking soda with a small amount of water. The substance should be about as thick as yogurt. Place the mixture over the jewelry, covering the entire item. Rinse with warm water. Make sure to dry it completely to prevent water spots.
- Silver Dips: Silver dips should be used for severely damaged pieces because it has a tendency to remove a small layer of silver. Place the chemical in a plastic bowl. Drop the article in the liquid. If it is too big to dip, then dab it with a cotton ball or cotton swab. Remove the item quickly and wash it with soap and water. Dry your jewelry thoroughly.
Storing Your Jewelry
Keep your jewelry stored in an airtight container or plastic packaging. Make sure to put each piece in individual containers in order to prevent the jewelry from becoming scratched. Necklaces and bracelets should be kept unhooked and lain out flat during storage.
Don’t forget to remove your rings and other jewelry before going for a swim. Chlorinated water can damage sterling silver, leaving it with black stains or scratches. Other substances that are harmful to the soft metal are lotion, hairspray, makeup, bleach, bathroom cleaner.