Silver is one of the most popular metals when it comes to fashion jewellery because it's great for office wear or daily use. However, amid its many benefits, when purchasing silver jewellery, a lot of people think twice. This is because they're all too mindful that very quickly, silver will get tarnished.
If you've ever had a tarnished bracelet, chain, or other fashion jewellery, you know how disappointing it can be. Your once gorgeous piece seems bland and lifeless now.
Fortunately, it's easy to have your jewels looking bright and stunning again in no time with the right treatment.
Keep reading whether you have a sterling silver ring or other items looking less than perfect recently.
We're breaking down seven things you can do to make them look shiny again.
- Wear it properly:
As silver can be a very demanding metal, there are plenty of causes that can allow it to tarnish. It would be best if you protect it from as many contaminants as possible in order to keep the fashion jewellery shiny.
When you're getting ready to go out, make sure that the last thing you put on before going out is your silver fashion jewellery. This shields it from the lotions, perfumes, hairspray and makeup to a huge extent.
In relative terms, the silver necklace can be the first item you take out when you get home. Again, this prevents dangerous substances from getting into contact with it. It's also necessary not to wear silver jewellery when you're bathing, washing dishes, or swimming.
- Store it properly:
Your silver fashion jewellery should interact with as little air as possible to slow down the tarnishing process. Every single piece of silver should be covered in tissue and placed in air-tight Ziploc containers.
If you've got them, you might even put them in air-tight bags. Never store silver with rubber bands, or use rubber bands to seal silver-containing containers.
They emit sulphur as rubber bands continue to mature, which may intensify the tarnishing process. Storing silver with silica packets is one of the most reliable ways you can avoid tarnishing.
In order to eliminate extra moisture, silica packets are typically found in shoe boxes or with shades. Store your silver with them instead of dumping them in the garbage to keep it looking as beautiful as fresh.
- Polish it often:
Silver is a very delicate metal, and if you are not careful, it will quickly get scratched. Please don't use any cloth to extract tarnish because this will only make it worse.
Instead, opt for soft anti-tarnish wipes. These wipes are immersed in a solution capable of absorbing extra oxygen and sulphur from the air.
A cleaning cloth specially made for polishing silver may be bought from every fashion jewellery store or department store. You can use a lint-free or micro-fibre cloth to clean your silver items if you don't have a silver polishing cloth.
Stop using paper towels, stiff fabrics, or wipes. While they can feel gentle to the touch, they usually contain abrasive fibres that can damage your fashion jewellery.
These wipes, however, are useful only as a protective measure. They won't be able to do anything to prevent it once tarnish sets in. So, clean it off periodically with anti-tarnish wipes to keep the jewels from being tarnished in the first place.
- Go for professional help:
If the pieces are too delicate, carry them to a licenced jeweller for a thorough cleaning.
If you have very fragile earrings and while handling them yourself, if you think you might damage them, leave them to the experts. When your fashion jewellery is badly tarnished, the specialist repair is also your only choice.
Jewellery experts have special devices that can eliminate coats of tarnish that have built up beneath to uncover dazzling silver.
- Beware of commercial cleaners:
Commercial cleaners promise professional cleaning outcomes.
First, many industrial cleaners contain chemicals that can become hazardous if not treated properly.
E.g., the vapours from the cleaner can be deadly if the room is not well ventilated.
You might even end up ruining your sterling silver ring or other jewels if you pick the wrong form of industrial cleaner or don't do it to the product's exact requirements.
Commercial-level cleaning materials for fashion jewellery are effective but very expensive. Fortunately, there are several treatments for DIY that work almost great!
The use of aluminum foil, white vinegar and baking soda provides one of the best DIY tarnish hacks. For it to work, put water to a boil, with a layer of aluminum foil within it.
Add two teaspoons of baking soda after the water hits the boiling point, and then drop the tarnished silver into the water. Remove the silver pieces and dry them with a soft cloth after approximately fifteen seconds (or more if the tarnish is terrible).
Or blend 1/2 cup lemon juice with 1 teaspoon of lemon juice. In a bowl that is big enough to fit the cleaning solution and a thin microfiber sheet, apply olive oil. In the solution, dip the cloth and wipe it out to spill, then paint, clean, and dry the silver.
- Wear it:
Believe it or not, wearing it is one of the easiest ways to avoid tarnishing and keep your jewels looking nice!
The natural oils on your skin are able to shine and shield your jewels. Only make sure you avoid the cheap cleaners and food products like mayonnaise and eggs that can harm your jewelries!