Jewellery Care

What is Sterling Silver?

Sterling silver is a natural metal containing at least 92.5% silver. This is the legal standard of purity set by most of the world. Quality silver is always contains this level of silver. Pure silver is not suitable on its own as it is too soft.

 

Caring for your Silver Jewellery

Sterling silver will actually tarnish with wear and even if it is left for a considerable length of time. However, this is completely normal.

The easiest way to maintain sterling silver jewellery is to simply use a silver polishing cloth. We supply a free one with every order to get you started.

We do not recommend the use of silver dips. They actually remove layers of the silver to bring it back to a shine. 

Another way to keep your silver looking fabulous is to use a fabric pouch and store it in a cool, dry place. 

If you have a sterling silver piece with gemstones, then you can use warm water with washing up liquid and a very soft toothbrush. This will usually remove any dirt - particularly inside the back of the setting.

Once cleaned, just remember to rinse. 

Always avoid contact with perfume, hairsprays, deodrant and cleaning chemicals. Take off your rings or wear gloves when cleaning. Remove when showering, bathing or swimming. 

Avoid contact with chemicals, perfume, hairspray and deodorant.

 

Has your Sterling Silver ring become tarnished? What causes discoloration?

With time, sterling silver when exposed to air and naturally occuring body salts, will tarnish. However, this is not permanent. A polish regularly will keep it looking pristine. 

Some discolouration is caused by the other metals mixed with the silver. This is often copper which can oxidse. 

Silver will actually tarnish at different rates, depending on where it is worn. For example, areas with lots of polution or higher humidity will tarnish faster than cold, cleaner air areas. 

Plated jewellery

Plated jewellery will eventually lose its colour, particularly if you wear it a lot. This is just a natural occurence as plating is just that - plating. We do not generally sell a lot of plated products, but where an item is plated, it will be stated in the description. 

Any further questions? Call us on 01282 360888 or email us at hello@thejewelleryset.com

We'd be delighted to help you.