Care For Silver Jewelry

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IMPORTANT INSTRUCTIONS

Most of our jewelry is 100% solid Sterling Silver (.925). When wrapping your items, DO NOT place them directly in paper, cardboard, or cotton filled boxes, as these contain trace elements of sulphur which will tarnish your silver jewelry.

For best results, place the items in a sealed, air tight plastic bag or jeweler's sulphur free tissue (different from standard tissue) prior to boxing and wrapping.

WHAT IS STERLING SILVER And Caring Tips

Silver is a precious metal and much like gold it is too fine to be made in a 100% form. To make it durable for jewerly, pure silver (999 fineness) is often alloyed with small quantities of copper (7.5%), thus comes sterling silver (92.5% or .925). Copper is added to strengthen the silver and make it durable to be use as a decorative or in fashionable jewerly.

  • Never immerse your silver jewelry in chlorine, salt water, mineral springs, and suntan lotion. Remember, some household cleaners contain chlorine bleach, these will cause discoloration and also loosen the gemstones.
  • Avoid abrasive cleaners, detergents and commercial jewelry cleaners "dips" especially if the pieces have an oxidized finish. Using harsh polishing cleaners will alter the antique look of your jewelry.
  • Never use an ultrasonic cleaner, ammonia or any chemical solution to clean opaque gemstones, such as turquoise, malachite, onyx, lapis lazuli and opals. They are a porous stone and may absorb chemicals, which build up inside the stone and cause discoloration. Simply wipe them gently with a moist cloth until clean.
  • If your jewelry contains gemstones or pearls, do not immerse in water, as this can loosen some settings. Never use dips or abrasives cleaners on gemstones.
  • If your silver jewelry does tarnish, we recommend using a product called Tarni-Shield silver polish (or another good gentle cleaner) and a soft, smooth cloth. It cleans and polishes very well.

However, we do not recommend this on silver with antiquing, as it may remove this finish, or silver that contain gemstones. Note, we are in no way affiliated with, and are not responsible for mishandling of this product. Recommended for plain silver only.

KEEP YOUR ANTIQUED JEWELRY LOOKING GREAT

By allowing the metal to oxidize with a solution, sterling silver becomes "Antiqued" and develops an aged look. With wear, the antique process will fade, and the jewelry will look less "black' in color, becoming a vintage silver shade.

To prolong the dark color of the metal, avoid wearing the jewelry in the shower or bath. Water will remove the finish over time. Do not clean the sterling silver or the antique finish will be removed. Instead, keep your silver in a zip lock bag with the air squeezed out to keep it looking nice longer.