While sterling silver is known for its lustrous shine and resilience, it still requires a touch of tender loving care to ensure it retains its original glory. At Waldor & Co., we craft every piece with passion and precision, and with the right care, your jewelry will continue to shine, making a statement for years to come. Read our care guide below on how to best care for your silver jewelry.
Yes, you read that right. One of the best ways to prevent tarnishing is by wearing your sterling silver jewelry frequently. The oils from your skin cleanse the metal and help keep its shine intact. However, ensure you remove it when working with harsh chemicals or engaging in activities that might scratch or dent it.
Storage is Key
When not wearing it, store your jewelry in a cool, dry place. Anti-tarnish strips, available at jewelry stores, can be placed in your jewelry box to absorb harmful elements in the air. If possible, store each piece separately in an airtight bag to prevent scratches and tarnish.
For pieces that have lost their sheen or have started to tarnish, a simple cleaning routine can work wonders. Mix lukewarm water with mild dish soap and use a soft cloth to gently clean the silver. Avoid using toothpaste or baking soda as they might be too abrasive. For intricately designed pieces, a soft-bristled brush can help get into the nooks and crannies.
Avoid Harmful Exposures
Sterling silver doesn't get along well with household chemicals, chlorinated water, and direct sunlight. Remove your jewelry when cleaning, swimming, or sunbathing. Avoid contact with makeup, perfumes, and lotions, as they can contribute to tarnishing.
A silver-polishing cloth is a must-have. It contains special compounds that remove tarnish and restore shine. Remember to use back-and-forth motions that mirror the grain of the silver rather than circular motions which can exacerbate micro-scratches.