Caring for your Jewellery

  1. What is Silver
    Silver is a beautiful lustrous metal but unfortunately when exposed to the air, chemicals and light, tarnish becomes inevitable. This does not mean it is in anyway defective but proves your jewellery is good quality silver and with care and regular cleaning it will shine for years, just like the day you purchased it.
  2. Wearing your Jewellery
    Be gentle, silver is soft and impressionable, bending, scratching and snapping will occur with careless treatment. Avoid harsh chemicals eg, bleach, washing up liquids and chlorine, as they will tarnish sterling silver. Put your perfume, moisturisers and hairspray on before you put your jewellery on as the chemicals in these will react with your silver and can cause tarnishing. Remove your jewellery before you go swimming, sunbathing, exercising or before bedtime. Remove your jewellery before undertaking any household duties such as gardening and washing up.
  3. Cleaning your Silver
    Simply clean it with a soft brush (eg toothbrush) and a little bit of soapy water. Rinse with warm water. If it’s particularly dirty, soak it in warm water first. Don’t use abrasive cleaners on silver jewellery. Use a soft cloth to polish your jewellery or use a specially impregnated silver polishing cloth. If you do use a Silver dip, only use it very occasionally followed by a gentle wash in soapy water to remove any residue. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Do not polish too enthusiastically, as silver is soft and is removed from the surface. Never use tissues, cotton wool, paper towels or anything abrasive for cleaning silver. These products can scratch the silver.
  4. Storing your Jewellery
    Ideally store your jewellery separately in re-sealable plastic bags or wrap up in soft material to protect them. Keep in a dark place in an airtight container or jewellery box. Silver is more prone to tarnishing caused by over-exposure to light and air, so if you can limit this when you aren't wearing it, the less tarnish will occur. Chains and necklaces should be fastened, laid flat and wrapped up. Keep each item of jewellery separate in your jewellery box so they don’t scratch each other.