TAKING CARE OF
YOUR SILVER 925 JEWELLERY
Silver 925 tarnishes with time as any metal.
Protecting pieces from the elements will help prevent your jewellery to tarnish. Cleaning your favourite pieces will bring back its original lust.
Avoid water: Remove jewellery when showering or bathing. Do not swim in the sea and in chlorinated water.
Clean and dry your hands before handling your jewellery to remove oils and humidity.
Never expose jewellery to household cleaning products, especially bleach and highly reactive solutions.
- Try and store your jewellery in a dry place. Do not store your jewellery in a bathroom where it will be exposed to humidity.
- Keeping jewellery in closed boxes and containers can help to limit the amount of moisture and oxygen that makes contact with it.
Consider storing your jewellery in an air-tight container such as a Ziploc bag when you’re not wearing it (particularly the pieces you very rarely wear)
- Option 1 :
Simple and efficient - Metal cleaning/polishing product such as Brasso
- Shake the can or bottle before use.
- Apply a small amount of product to a soft cloth.
- Gently rub the jewellery with the cloth several times. (If the piece is really oxidated, let the product sit for a few minutes).
- Rinse the jewellery thoroughly in warm water.
- Dry and shine with a clean cloth.
- Option 2 :
Weird but easy -
The ketchup solution
- Spread a layer of ketchup on the piece using a clean cloth or your finger and let it sit for a few minutes.
- Rub the mixture with a soft cloth, applying a firm, even pressure. (If your jewellery has dents, use a toothbrush to work the paste into the dents).
- Rinse off all the paste with warm water and soap (you can use baking soda too) and wipe your piece dry.
- Option 3:
The natural solution - The homemade recipe
- Line a glass or ceramic container with foil.
- Pour boiling water into it.
- Add 1 to 2 table spoon of baking soda.
- Place silver pieces in the solution.
- Allow pieces to soak for up to 30 minutes.
- Remove items when cool and dry them off with a soft cloth.
- In case of heavier damage - Use sandpaper:
Choose your sandpaper:
What grit of sandpaper is required will depend on the surface’s damage. If it is more damaged, start with 600 grit (medium) sandpaper and then repeat the operation with the 1200 grit (fine). If the damage is minimum, skip the 600 grit and use directly the 1200 grit sandpaper.
- Start by washing the piece using soap and water. Dry it well with a cloth.
- Rub the piece with the sandapaper applying even pressure.
- Clean the piece and dry it well. You can then apply a cleaning/polishing product such as Brasso.