Silver Jewellery Care
How to look after Silver Jewellery
How to Take Care of Tarnished Jewellery
If jewellery begins to tarnish you should take action to clean it right away. The longer it sits the harder it will be to take care of it. To prevent body oil and lotion build up on your jewellery you could clean and polish to remove all oils from your jewellery with a soft cloth or wash it in warm water and dry it thoroughly. Jewellery cleaning solutions for silver are also readily available in stores. Be sure to not use the ultrasonic cleaner or heavy bleaches or detergents to clean your silver jewellery it will damage your product.
Causes For Tarnish
Tarnish is a layer of corrosion that forms on many metals, particularly sterling silver, as they undergo a chemical reaction with other compounds, especially oxygen and sulfur dioxide. Sterling silver jewellery is usually made with 92.5% silver and 7.5% other metals. The small percentage of the copper component is the primary source of tarnish. The copper reacts to moist and sulfur that is in the air which causes the sterling silver to tarnish.
Prevention of Silver Jewellery Tarnishing
Silver jewellery tarnishes much faster when it is left out in the open and exposed to oxygen. Storing your sterling silver jewellery in an airtight closed container like a ziploc bag, tupperware, jewellery box or wrapped in a soft cloth etc; can prevent tarnish. Avoid leaving your jewellery in direct heat or sunlight or it may fade in colour.