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How to Care for Sterling Silver Jewelry

Silver Earth Designs jewelry pieces are created with a combination of Argentium, Sterling and Fine silver.  All are easy to care for, however, Sterling is more prone to tarnishing, yet a few simple steps can keep your handcrafted jewelry looking beautiful.

There are several factors that contribute to silver tarnish. Perfume and natural body oils, as well as coming in contact with chlorine and salt in swimming pools, can lead to tarnish. To clean silver, an anti-tarnish polishing cloth is a quick and efficient way to clean and regain a high polish.

I do not recommend using harsh chemicals found in many commercial jewelry cleaning solutions. The chemicals may damage certain gemstones, such as Opals, Pearls or Turquoise. A simple mixture of warm water and baking soda is effective. Submerge the jewelry piece in the solution and brush gently with a soft toothbrush. Rinse thoroughly, dry completely, and then use your polishing cloth. The cloth will "blacken" over time, but don't be tempted to wash the cloth, as this will remove its anti-tarnish properties.

For best results, keep your jewelry in small felt bags or in anti-tarnish jewelry boxes made especially for Sterling silver.

 

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