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Silver Care Guide

 

Silver can be identified as the second fiddle to gold. It is one of the those precious metals that make a person elegant yet require little care. But that doesn’t mean you will not learn the tips and tricks of taking care of it. Silver is a rarest metal, its high luster make it perfect to be used as a gorgeous adornment. Since ancient times silver has been one of the most used metal for jewellery besides gold and diamond. At Zivarah we show you how to take care of this valuable material.

 

Pure silver is a tarnish-resistant material, but it is too soft for everyday use. Sterling silver has been identified as the standard jewellery material since the 14th century. It is an alloy with a small amount of copper. This is why sterling silver is lustrous and is durability too.

 

Silver tarnishes when they are exposed to environments with high humidity and air pollution. Also, everyday chemicals like hairspray, perfume, deodorant, body lotion, bleach, etc. can also speed up the tarnishing process.

 

Dos:

  1. Store your jewellery away from sources of sunlight, heat and moisture, in a cool & dark place.
  2. Keep the silver pieces individually in small zip-lock plastic bags with a small strip of anti-tarnish paper and reduce scratching and tarnishing of the product.
  3. After every wear, clean your silver jewellery with a soft dry cloth or polishing cloth and put it back into an airtight container.
  4. If you cannot remove all the tarnish from your silver jewellery with a polishing cloth, wash the piece (without gemstones or pearls) in warm water with a few drops of mild dish washing liquid. Then clean it with a cotton swab or baby toothbrush.
  5. If the jewellery contains gemstones or pearls, use a cotton swab with a mild dish washing liquid to wash only the silver.

Don’ts:

  1. Do not use toothpaste or baking soda for cleaning silver jewellery as it may scratch the surface of the silver.
  2. Do not use harsh chemicals such as bleach or acetone, etc., to clean your silver as they make silver dull and ruin the surface.
  3. Don’t wear a piece of silver jewellery while in the shower, swimming pool, or hot tub.
  4. Avoid exposing a silver piece in direct contact with air.
  5. Do not use chemicals like hairspray, perfume, deodorant & body lotion on silver jewellery.