How to Take Care of Silver Jewelry

Silver, gold, and platinum, for example, are very soft metals. The softer the alloy, the better the precious metal purity.

As a result, Sterling Silver, the most regularly and adequately used silver alloy grade for jewellery, is an alloy of 92.5 percent pure silver and 7.5 percent copper or other metals, which provides strength.

As a result, sterling retains the high precious metal content and intrinsic aesthetic merits of silver while also benefiting from the increased ‘hardness’ conferred by the copper alloy. Because all silver tarnishes with time, it’s critical to polish it on a regular basis to avoid severe tarnishing. Excessive tarnish is far more difficult to remove than mild oxidation, therefore keep a regular cleaning schedule to minimise heavy tarnish accumulation.

Cleaning silver jewellery with a high-quality cloth is recommended. Use a’silver dip’ product or a strong scouring agent sparingly. You may obtain a brilliant polish effect at first, but this can harm the metal and may even destroy the finish, depending on the design and quality of your jewellery!

Tarnish: Black Silver Sulfide

At normal temperatures and pressures, silver is generally resistant to corrosion, and neither water nor oxygen will initiate a reaction. However, it will tarnish when exposed to air due to hydrogen sulphide levels in the atmosphere. The tarnish component is known as ‘Black silver sulphide,’ and most high-quality jewellery cleaning cloths work by eliminating this sulphur element while preserving the metal surface.

The other metals in the sterling alloy also contribute to tarnishing. Copper reacts with oxygen, which is why silver corrosion can take on a ‘coppery’ tint.

Most metals will rust if exposed to salt. When conducting jobs that require exposure to household chemicals, avoid wearing your jewellery in the water.
Sweat should be cleaned off of your jewellery because the salt it contains can build up and react with metal.
Before you go swimming, take off your jewellery since chlorine is harsh on silver.
Because sunshine accelerates tarnishing, it’s always a good idea to clean jewellery after it’s been exposed to the sun.
It’s also a good idea to keep your jewellery out of regions with fluctuating temperatures or harsh light.
The tarnishing of your jewellery will be slowed if you wear it frequently. Silver is a delicate precious metal that scratches readily. It’s critical to keep your jewellery separate from other hard things.
Avoid disorganised jewellery boxes that are overflowing with various goods. The ideal location to keep your jewellery is in its original box.