Posted by Lucy Lollio

There is nothing worse than finally finding your favourite sterling silver necklace or ring, only to have it harden or change colour more quickly than it should. This is why it is so important to care for your sterling silver jewellery to prevent it from scratching and tarnishing.

Here are some tips to help you keep your jewellery at its original appearance for as long as you can!

Caring for your Sterling Silver

There are some household chemicals that can damage precious metals which may cause your sterling silver to oxidise. Try to not expose your jewellery to common products such as hairsprays, perfumes, cosmetics, lotions, rubber, latex and even extreme temperatures.

So, if you're getting ready for a big night out then finish spraying your perfume and doing your hair and makeup before putting your jewellery on. When you're ready to take your jewellery off at the end of the day, wipe your sterling silver pieces with a cotton cloth to remove any of the body oil or makeup residue so that these chemicals don't collect and affect your jewellery.

Tip: Take your jewellery off if you're about to jump into a pool containing chlorine as this is a known sterling silver tarnishing substance!

Storing your Sterling Silver

Always store jewellery in a cool, dry place away from heating vents and window sills. Purchase a jewellery box or some dividers for your cupboards so that you can easily access and organise your jewellery.

Once created a jewellery storage area, make sure that you are placing individual items in separate jewellery bags or cloths to prevent different metals  from rubbing against each other and tarnishing.

Tip: If you can't find one at home then resealable plastic bags are also an easy solution!

Cleaning your Sterling Silver

Often people make the mistake of using toothpaste to polish sterling silver jewellery, however, since the toothpaste is quite abrasive it can leave scratches visible scratches on your jewellery and cause it to tarnish faster.

What you should actually be doing instead is cleaning your sterling silver by using  phosphate-free detergent mixed in warm water and a children's toothbrush. Once you've finished cleaning your jewellery, dry it off with a polish cloth.

Tip: Make your own polish cloth by cutting a square of soft microfibre to use at home!

We hope these tips have helped you look after your jewellery and leave a comment below because we would love to hear your tips too!

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