Did you know that oxygen exposure causes your sterling silver jewelry to tarnish over time?
- It’s best to store silver in individual, air-tight bags with anti-tarnish properties. These types of bags keep air exposure out, and keep your jewelry shiny and beautiful.
- Anti tarnish jewelry pouches, boxes and travel cases are available and make great options for silver safe keeping.
- For additional preventative efforts, silica gel packets provide anti-tarnish protection. Throw one in each bag for extra care.
What’s in the water? Chemicals and contaminants in water can result in tarnished and dull looking silver, so it's best to know what's what when it comes to water.
- Shower. It's not a great idea to shower with your jewelry on, but once in a while isn't going to do any lasting damage. Just make sure to dry it after.
- Swimming Pool & Hot tub. Take your silver off. Chlorine is a pretty harsh chemical, so if you accidentally forget to remove your silver jewelry before hopping in, make sure to rinse and clean it afterward.
- Hot Springs. The sulfur in natural hot springs will cause your silver to oxidize and turn completely dark.
- Exposure to perspiration during exercise or
- Very hot places (such as when lying out at the beach or pool) can accelerate tarnish
Despite your best efforts, jewelry can still get dirty and tarnished. Sterling silver jewelry care can be as easy as a quick rubdown.
Use a simple microfiber cloth or special jewelry cloth (I use a Sunshine cloth) to shine your treasures.