Sterling Silver consists of 92.5% silver, the remaining part usually consists of copper – this is why it is popularly referred to as 925 Sterling Silver or just 925 Silver. Pure silver is too soft and maleable to be made into most designs and would not withstand daily wear.
To avoid scratches and damage, items should be stored separately in tarnish-resistant pouches or in individual compartments inside jewellery boxes. An ideal storage solution would be a plastic zip-lock bag within the gift box. All silver jewellery should be stored away from natural sunlight and heat in a dry environment – so never store in a bathroom!
Whilst sterling silver is highly durable and maintains a fantastic lustre, it is prone to tarnishing and dulling because of chemical reactions in the air. Regular polishing with a silver cloth will prevent a build up of tarnish and preserve the high shine. We supply one with every order for your convenience. Alternatively a lint-free, micro-fibre cloth is ideal. Never clean silver with paper towel or tissue as this will scratch the surface, resulting in the dulling of the item.
One of the safest ways to clean silver jewellery is with a mild soap and lukewarm water, using a small soft brush. Toothbrushes are ideal to get into hard to reach areas. Never be tempted to use home remedies such as toothpaste or baking soda as it will cause lasting damage. Toothpaste is abrasive and baking soda is acidic – both will harm the surface of precious metals.
Items with stones should not be put in an ultrasonic cleaner.
The following things can cause damage and tarnish:
Chlorine from swimming pools and hot-tubs, sulphur (eggs, mayonnaise, mustard, onions, latex, wool), lotions, cosmetics, hairspray, perfume.
Basically, if you aren’t fortunate enough to have a cleaner, remove your silver before doing the housework and don’t put on your silver jewellery until you are dressed and ready to face the day!