Silver Jewelry Care & Cleaning

Tarnish is a product of oxidation, caused by interacting of sterling silver jewelry or objects with certain elements such as oxygen or sulfur as well as with certain acids. Tarnishing on sterling silver jewelry, when worn on a regular basis, usually does not occur. Storage for a prolonged time causes sterling silver jewelry to tarnish. Contact with rubber bands may cause tarnish because the sulfur in rubber is a catalyst for the tarnishing process. Taking a medication that changes the acidity of your skin may also cause silver jewelry to tarnish.

To keep your sterling silver jewelry tarnish-free, frequently clean it in a mild dishwashing liquid diluted in water. Thoroughly dry your sterling silver jewelry after exposure to water. Store sterling silver in a dry container or a plastic bag with anti-tarnish paper.

To remove tarnish or oxidation film from sterling silver you can use fresh, uncontaminated commercial silver dip liquid, polish paste or polish cloth, which is available in jewelry or hardware stores. The one we currently carry and recommend is called Klean KaratsTM. Make sure there are no loose stones or parts. Limit the gemstone’s exposure to silver cleaners, since these cleaners may harm certain kinds of gemstones. Please read the product instructions before cleaning. Thoroughly rinse the jewelry after cleaning and dry with a soft cloth until it’s completely dry.