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How to care for your sterling silver jewellery

 Sterling silver is commonly referred to as 925 silver and you will see this number stamped on a  lot of jewellery. What it means is that sterling silver is 92.5% pure silver and the rest is made up of alloys. Sterling silver will tarnish when it is exposed to humidity, salty air, chlorine, perspiration, bleach and other chemicals.

Some places will tell you to keep your silver in the dark, in a cool dry environment, I'm not saying that I don't agree with this to some extent but I am going to tell you to wear it! It is not that hard to care for if you stick to a few basics and let's face it who wants to buy jewellery to store away when you can enjoy it everyday.

Some basic tips for keeping it clean are

  • always remove it before going in the pool, ocean or spa
  • keep it away from cleaning products, excessive sweating or spraying with perfume etc.:
  • don't leave it in the bathroom exposed to moisture
  • wear it - the natural oils in your skin help to polish it
  • Keep your jewellery in an airtight bag or container
  • use a polishing cloth to shine it up

I personally wear my necklace all the time, in the shower, to bed etc but that is a personal choice of mine and not one I am telling you to follow. I do remove it to swim in the pool because I can assure it it does not like chlorine. My other big rule for my silver is not to leave it in the bathroom because the moisture and humidity in there doesn't do it any favours.

We do now have silver polishing cloths available but it can be a bit tricky to get into some of the wirework so its best to try and look after it as best you can.


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