How to Clean Silver Jewelry and Keep it nice and Shiny

Silver jewelry has a brilliant luster that makes it complementary to any fashion style. Silver is versatile, beautiful and affordable so it is one of the most popular jewelry metals.

The problem with silver is that it can become tarnished. The tarnish discolors the jewelry, and it causes it to lose its luster and brilliance.

The following tips will help you keep your silver pendants, chains, rings, earrings and bracelets looking like they did when you first got them.

Polishing

Polishing is one of the easiest ways to remove slight tarnish or bring the shine back to your favorite pieces. You have to be careful when you are polishing because your silver bracelet could be scratched and damaged if you do not use the right polishing cloth.

The polishing cloth that you should use on silver is made from a very soft material. You can use clothes made of lint-free flannel or microfiber to bring the brilliant shine back to your items. Never use paper towels or facial tissues to do this work because they contain fibers that will scratch your jewelry.

You should take your sterling silver bracelet in one hand and gently rub your polishing cloth in long back and forth strokes in the same direction the grain of the silver in the item is running. You should not polish in tiny circles because making those tiny circles will increase the appearance of small scratches.

If you are polishing silver rings, or silver chains that may have intricate designs you can use a cotton swab to help you clean the detailed segments.

This is the only recommended cleaning method for oxidized silver.

Using Silver Cleaners

Silver cleaners can help you to clean severely tarnished items, but the commercial cleaners are often harsh and can be difficult to use. You can make your own cleaning solution out of ingredients you probably have in your cupboards.

Baking soda and water can be combined to create a paste. You can apply the paste to the tarnished items and even use a soft bristled toothbrush to help you get into hard to reach areas and etchings like may be on silver lockets. Remove the baking soda paste with clear water, and then dry thoroughly with a soft cloth.

For severely tarnished silver chains you can mix 2 Tbsp. of baking soda with ½ cup white distilled vinegar and create a soaking solution. Let the pieces soak for 2 or 3 hours then rinse with clear water and dry with a soft cloth.

You do not want to soak silver pendants that have opaque gemstones like topaz, or pearls. You also do not want to immerse CZ rings or crystal bracelets in solutions like this. The solution can cause the gemstones to become cloudy and some chemical solutions can even lodge around the setting of the stone and cause the gemstone to become loose.

Preventing Tarnish

You have heard it said that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” and that is true when it comes to your silver jewelry. If you want to reduce the amount of tarnish that builds on your pieces then wear your items more often. The natural oils found on human skin help to naturally polish your silver rings, bangle bracelets, and more.

Remove your sterling silver rings, silver charm bracelets, and other jewelry items when you bathe, or clean the house because the household cleaners and lotions that you use can tarnish your silver jewelry.

Silver studs and other earrings should be put on after you have applied your hairsprays, perfumes, and facial cosmetics. These beauty agents will cause the metal to tarnish.

Avoid storing your silver jewelry where it will be exposed to sunlight. Exposure to ultraviolet rays can cause the metal to tarnish and lose its shine.

You can place your silver rings in small air tight bags to reduce the tarnish. You want to buy the small bags and sore your pieces individually because several pieces in the same bag can rub together and create scratches or damage.

Rhodium Plating Jewelry last longer

Rhodium is a precious metal that is durable and it does not tarnish. The silver jewelry you find at Paradis Love is all rhodium plated. The rhodium prevents you from having to clean and polish your jewelry in order to keep it looking bright and shiny.