WHY DOES STERLING SILVER TARNISH?
Sterling silver will tarnish. This is not a defect but the result of a natural chemical process that occurs when sterling silver is exposed to materials containing sulphur and acids (such as those found in sweat and skin oils or mineral swimming pools). Anything, from medication, perfume or the ph balance of a person’s skin, can affect the extent of tarnishing to a piece of jewellery. Humid environments will also accelerate tarnishing. It is important to clean and care for your jewellery regularly to prevent any tarnish or discolouration from occurring.
CLEANING YOUR JEWELLERY
There are several ways you can clean and maintain your jewellery. Formulated liquid dips and polishing cloths for both sterling silver and gold are available from most jewellery stores. These are highly effective in removing tarnish and surface dirt from your jewellery, bringing back it's shine and luster. Please note that different types of jewellery should be cleaned using different methods. Please follow the specific product instructions for best results.
OTHER SILVER CARE TIPS
When it comes to sterling silver jewellery it is always best to avoid wearing it in water, in particular, swimming pools and spas, as chlorine can damage your jewellery in a very short time. Where possible avoid contact with shampoos, perfumes or deodorants and rubber bands. By following these simple tips you will ensure your favourite pieces retain their luster and longevity.