How To Clean And Care For Silver Jewelry

Lagos Silver Dragonfly Pendant Necklace on Eucalyptus leaves

Lagos Silver Dragonfly Pendant Necklace


Properly caring for silver jewelry is important to maintain its shine and prevent tarnishing. Here are some tips to help you keep your silver jewelry looking its best:

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Wear Your Jewelry Often

Believe it or not, wearing your silver jewelry can actually help prevent tarnishing. The oils in your skin can help keep the silver looking shiny.


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Store Properly

When you’re not wearing your silver jewelry, store it in a cool, dry place. Exposure to air and humidity can cause tarnishing. Use airtight bags or anti-tarnish cloth pouches to store each piece separately. This prevents scratches and reduces exposure to air.

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Gucci Interlocking G Silver Ring

Keep Away from Moisture

Moisture, including water, sweat, and humidity, can speed up the tarnishing process. Remove your silver jewelry before showering, swimming, or exercising. If your jewelry does get wet, dry it thoroughly with a soft cloth before storing it.


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Avoid Exposure to Chemicals

Chemicals can cause damage to silver, so it’s best to remove your jewelry before using household cleaners, swimming in chlorinated pools, or coming into contact with perfumes, lotions, and hairsprays. If you’re doing household chores or using chemicals, it’s a good idea to wear gloves to protect your jewelry.


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Clean Regularly

Gently clean your silver jewelry with a soft, lint-free cloth after each wear to remove oils and dirt.

For more thorough cleaning, use a liquid jewelry cleaner formulated especially for silver or create a solution of mild dish soap and warm water. Soak your jewelry for a few minutes in the homemade solution or just briefly if using a store bought formulation (see packaging for directions). Then, gently scrub with a soft-bristled toothbrush to remove any dirt. Rinse your jewelry thoroughly with clean water and dry it completely before storing.

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Use Silver Polishing Cloth

Invest in a good quality silver polishing cloth. These are specially designed to remove tarnish and restore shine to silver jewelry. Gently rub the jewelry with the polishing cloth in a back-and-forth motion. Avoid using circular motions as this can highlight scratches.

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Professional Cleaning

For intricate pieces or if your jewelry has significant tarnish buildup, consider taking it to a professional jeweler for cleaning. They have specialized equipment and solutions to safely clean and restore your silver jewelry.


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Ippolita Diamond Teardrop Earrings

Inspect Regularly

Check your silver jewelry periodically for any signs of tarnish, damage, or loose stones. Catching issues early can prevent further damage and help you address any problems before they become more serious.

By following these tips, you can wear your silver jewelry more often and keep it looking beautiful for years to come.


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