A few things are especially fiendish to your silver jewelry, and with a bit of care and not much time, you can keep your pieces in good shape and cleaner for longer.
Jump in the pool naked
Ok, so I don't mean without your bikini/bathing suit, but I do mean without your jewelry. I know all us girls like to adorn ourselves a little, especially when the only things keeping our modesty in public are three triangles of fabric, so who among us is not guilty of wearing silver earrings or necklaces, rings, etc. at the pool? Well, the chlorine and other chemicals in the water love to oxidize your silver, so you're not doing it any favors by bathing it in that cocktail. So consider not wearing any jewelry next time you jump in the water.
(and I must remember to follow my own advice).
Brush your teeth, not your necklaces
Brushing silver with a toothbrush and some toothpaste is a popular tip for cleaning silver, and I myself have done this in the past. The truth is, silver is very soft, and the toothbrush may scratch it, making it lose some of its shine. If you must do this, then be sure to chose a toothbrush with really soft bristles, like a child's brush.
A better trick is cleaning your silver with some baking soda, following these steps:
1 - Line a container with aluminum foil.
2 - Place the jewelry on top, spread evenly.
3 - Sprinkle with 1 tablespoon of baking soda and cover with 1 cup of boiling water.
4 - Swirl the jewelry and watch it shine!
You can find videos on YouTube for this if you're more of a visual kind of gal.
Part with only a few dollars
Pro-polish polishing pads are my favorite of all things for quickly cleaning silver (and other metals as well). The pads have permanently bonded micro-abrasives that wipe away the dirt and oxidation with a light touch and you can get 50 for less than $10! You can use them until they are completely black so they last a long time too. I usually get them at www.riogrande.com/
Silver does not need a moisturizer
This is for those of you who are mildly OCD like me and wash their hands a thousand and one times a day, and then proceed to moisturize their hands e-v-e-r-y time... Well, guess what? your silver does not like those lotions and potions, so remove your rings and bracelets and let those creams absorb thoroughly before you put them back on. It'll take you another 5 seconds, if that, and your silver will thank you for it.
The same goes for perfume. Wait until perfume dries on your skin before you wear your bling.
Don't throw your jewelry on the floor
Well, I don't actually know anyone who does this, but I do know people who throw the jewelry they remove at the end of the day into a box with all of their other stash. This would be the equivalent of dropping your clothes on the floor, and I'm sure there aren't that many women who do this, so why treat jewelry differently?
Besides, there are little mischievous fairies at work in those boxes, who use contortionist moves to entangle your necklaces, bracelets and chains. You'll spend more time fixing that mess without breaking anything than dedicating some careful thought into wiping your jewelry with a soft cloth to remove any dirt and storing it properly.
A quick search on Pinterest for "jewelry storage solutions" will give you plenty of ideas - one of them will be the right one for you.
The humidity in the country where I live is extremely high, which speeds up the oxidation process, so I store my pieces individually in anti-tarnish bags. They keep the metal cleaner and shinier longer.
Of course, I usually prefer my silver oxidized - intentionally that is, using liver of sulphur. Like in the piece below.
What about you? Do you have any cleaning or storage tips? Do share!
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Hi, I'm Carla
I love making jewelry, travelling, taking photographs, reading, cooking, experimenting new things, living in Africa,finding leopards and eating roasted marrow bones. Oh, and making the jewelry that celebrates your uniqueness!