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Sparkling Silver: The Cleaning Guide

Sparkling Silver: The Cleaning Guide

Pure sterling silver, whether in the form of fine jewellery, formal dinnerware, or an engraved gift item, requires regular maintenance and cleaning to retain its initial sheen and brightness. Since silver is considerably softer than many gemstones, particular precautions must be taken to protect its texture and composition. The good news? Caring for sterling silver does not have to be a time-consuming and tedious effort. The cleaning process may be quick and straightforward if you store it correctly and maintain it on a regular basis to avoid the dreaded tarnish.

Storing Sterling Silver

Proper storing of sterling silver jewellery and gift items helps to keep the brilliance and avoid oxidation, which can cause dullness and discolouration. Here are some short recommendations for storing beautiful silver below:

  • To avoid scratches, store each item separately in its own case, purse, or compartment.
  • Keep sterling silver in a dry, cold area. It should be stored in an air-conditioned space during warmer months of the year.
  • Keep jewellery boxes away from bathrooms where humid air can build up over time, humid air can dull the radiance of your sterling pieces.
  • If you intend to keep a sterling silver stored away for a while, put it in an airtight bag (plastic works well) to preserve it against oxidation and humidity.

Cleaning Sterling Silver

Dirt, makeup residue, and skin oils can accumulate on the surface of your silver jewellery over time, causing the metal to lose its original colour over time. Cleaning your pieces on a regular basis is the greatest method to avoid this. The use of chemical liquid jewellery cleaners on a regular basis is generally discouraged since they might cause metal discolouration.

Wiping sterling silver gently with a soft cloth is the safest and most effective technique to polish it. Some fine jewellery retailers provide specially designed silver cleaning cloths that have been pre-treated with moderate chemicals to restore the natural radiance of silver, however any soft cloth will suffice. Avoid using coarse fibres or fabrics, such as paper or polyester, as these can result in scratching.

At Cove Jewellery we offer all our customers complimentary in store cleaning for all jewellery pieces. We will also inspect any existing jewellery pieces for potential damage and recommend repairs when needed. Visit us instore today!