To prevent tarnish, follow these tips:
Store your jewellery in a cool, dry place. Silver tarnishes when exposed to air, so it’s a good idea to keep your silver in an airtight container when not in use. This will help slow down the tarnishing process and protect your jewellery from scratching. Also, keep it separately from your other accessories, it is advisable to store jewellery in a pouch to minimise the risk of the jewellery being easily scratched.
Remove your jewellery when cleaning, swimming and taking a shower. Always remove your jewellery before using any product that contains bleach, ammonia, alcohol, fingernail polish removers that contain acetone, and turpentine. Take care not to spray perfume or applying creams directly onto your jewellery. Some of these can cause a breakdown in the metal alloys leaving your jewellery beyond repair.
Remove your jewellery when sleeping. Movement during sleep can also cause stress or scratches and this protects you from possible injury too.
To clean your jewellery, try these tips:
After every use clean your jewellery with a soft cloth to remove the oil and grime that it could have been exposed to throughout the day.
Use a professional jewellery polishing cloth. This is the best way to clean your jewellery as professional cloths are treated with cleaning chemicals so not only will the cloth last a long time; it will give you an amazing shine each and every use.
Never dip any silver jewellery in ‘dip’ or commercial cleaning solutions. These types of cleaning solutions may change or tarnish the jewellery colour causing irreversible damage.
If jewellery scratches are too deep or the oxidation process has happened over a long period of time, consider having it cleaned and polished by a professional jeweller.