For those of you that love silver and change your jewellery often, you will know that silver can tarnish over time. When returning to your jewellery box to dig out an old favourite, how often have you been confronted by a slightly yellow, brown or black looking piece you barely recognise?! This is a completely normal and natural reaction. Silver reacts to moisture and chemicals in the air such as sulphur (in the same way it can react to perfumes and lotions on our skin) so depending on where you live, the speed of the tarnishing process will vary.
Silver jewellery remains at its shiny best when worn daily or kept in a dry, airtight box or bag.
Tip: hang onto the silica gel packs that often come with purchases. They are great for absorbing moisture. Place them in your jewellery box to help slow tarnishing. If you don't have a jewellery box a plastic Tupperware container or a Ziploc bag will work well.
To clean any tarnishing, simply polish with a silver cloth to regain a silver finish. A silver cloth is impregnated with silver polish and is an ideal way to maintain smooth pieces. Rub your rings, pendants, lapel pins, tie tacks, tie bars bracelets and cufflinks as needed, to remove any fingerprints or tarnish. Note: Always remove your pendant from it’s chain before rubbing the pendant between the cloth to prevent any pulling on the chain. Using a silver cloth may weaken a chain by pulling on the links so using a silver bath or silver "dip" is preferable (see cleaning necklace chains below).
At www.edgeonly.com all purchases over 75.00 euro come with a complimentary Edge Only silver polishing cloth, or you can buy them for just €5.00.
To keep it clean, wash gently with warm, soapy water. Do not use a polishing cloth, as this will ruin the matt finish. Chlorine and salt can damage silver so avoid wearing while swimming. Silver is one of the softest of the precious metals, so matt finishes will naturally fade with wear.
Cleaning Necklace Chains
For tarnished chains and delicate or detailed silver jewellery we recommend using a silver dip such as the Sambol Silver Immersion Bath. It’s incredible how quickly it strips your silver of any grease or tarnish and returns it to its former glory. It is able to reach between links and go into deep crevasses, so for silver lovers it's a great thing to have at home. Just place your item in the little basket and dip for a few seconds. Rinse your jewellery well under warm water after using a silver bath and allow to fully dry before storing. Tip: brushing gently with an old toothbrush to help remove any imbedded dirt.
Edge Only jewellery care and cleaning products can be found here
Natural Cleaning Tip
If you don’t have any silver cleaner at hand, or you don't like to use chemicals, you can try the following eco friendly cleaning method on all-metal pieces, such as chains or bracelets. Do not use this method on jewellery containing gemstones (the heat may cause them to crack or change colour).
Find a bowl, cup or pan suitable for the type of jewellery being cleaned, and line with aluminium foil (shiny side up). Place your jewellery inside the lined bowl and cover with baking soda, just enough so you can barely see the jewellery. Next, pour hot water over the jewellery and wait for the bubbling to stop. After the solution has stopped bubbling, remove the piece, rinse with warm water and buff dry with a soft cotton cloth. You may need to repeat the process up to 5-6 times for badly tarnished pieces.
Get cleaning and fall in love with your silver jewellery all over again!
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