Caring for Silver Jewelry
Believe it or not...the more you wear your sterling silver jewelry, the better it will look. The oils in your skin will “clean” the silver and keep it looking shiny.
A jewelry cloth or a soft polishing cloth meant specifically for silver is a very good way of caring for your handmade jewelry.
A few drops of mild dishwashing liquid, a cotton swab and a very soft toothbrush can also be used if your jewelry is dirty. If the jewelry contains stones, do not submerge the entire piece into water or the cleaning liquid. Dry thoroughly with 100% cotton.
Contact with household chemicals, perspiration, rubber, chlorinated water, or any substances which contain sulfur (e.g., mayonnaise, eggs, mustard, onions), will cause corrosion and tarnish — so it’s a good idea to remove silver jewelry if you will be coming into contact with any of these items.
Never clean your jewelry in bleach! Bleach will make metals brittle and could literally breakdown your jewelry.
Store your silver jewelry in a ziplock plastic bag with anti-tarnish strips, and clean often to keep things looking new.
Keep jewelry items separate to avoid rubbing and scratching of surfaces.
Lotions, cosmetics, hair spray and hair products, and perfumes will also accelerate tarnishing. So get beautified first and put your jewelry on last.