What are the main benefits of looking after your silver jewelry?
If you have invested in a beautiful piece of jewelry, then you unquestionably want to keep it looking like new. Please take note that our post is relevant to sterling silver jewelry, not cheaper silver plated.
There is an enormous difference between silver-plated and sterling silver items but that is for another blog post.
Sterling silver is pretty durable as far as precious metals go, but that certainly doesn’t mean it’s bulletproof. In fact, sterling silver jewelry has some unique vulnerabilities that make it particularly susceptible to damage and discolouration in certain environments.
Keep your beautiful pieces sparkling for years to come by never wearing your silver jewelry in these 4 places:
1. Swimming pools and hot tubs
A dip in the pool is the perfect way to cool off on your holiday — just remember to remove your silver before diving in. The chlorine found in most swimming pools and hot tubs has a strong reaction when it comes into contact with silver, and will leave your jewelry black and discoloured. While a polishing cloth and a lot of elbow grease can usually reverse the effects, save yourself the bother and remove all your silver.
2. The gym
We generally advise against wearing jewelry of any kind when at the gym. In this hazardous playground of machines and heavy weights, it’s all too easy to catch a ring on something, and injure yourself or damage your jewelry in the process.
The gym poses an additional risk to your silver jewelry: your sweat. The salt content of your perspiration can actually tarnish and corrode some silver jewelry.
Need a good excuse to procrastinate over the cleaning? Many heavy-duty household cleaning products (we’re looking at you in particular, bleach!) contain chlorine and other harsh chemicals, which can discolour your jewelry and potentially even damage very fine finishes. In the interests of protecting your precious silver jewelry, play it safe and encourage your other half to handle the cleaning duties for now ;)
4. The beach
The salty sea breeze that is so refreshing in the summer can tarnish your silver, while the sand and ocean make for impossibly good hiding places for any jewelry that happens to come loose on your adventures. Play it safe and leave your silver jewelry at home when heading to the beach this summer.
Is it normal for silver jewelry to tarnish over-time?
Of course, no matter how much care you take with your jewelry, your pieces will inevitably lose some of its lustre over time. The good news is that a professional jewelry clean can put that glimmer back into all your favorite pieces and have them as bright and sparkling as the day you got them. Get in touch with us and we will help. If you would like to have a go yourself, it is relatively easy to return your jewelry to its original shine, more of how to do this in a blog post coming soon.
Always feel close to your loved ones! xx