FOR ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SILVER JEWELLERY AND HOW TO CARE FOR IT
How to clean your silver jewellery simply and effectively? We have all foundourselves with our silver jewellery tarnished by time, an oxidised chain, a blackened silver pendant, yet it is possible to regain their original beauty. Lemon, toothpaste, white vinegar, chamois, so many tricks to put in place immediately. It's up to you to test these methods step by step, quietly at home!
Clean your silver jewellery, i.e. :
A little reminder, what is 925 sterling silver?
Sterling silver (also called fine silver) is an alloy with a mass composition of 92.5% silver and 7.5% other metals, usually copper.
Our jewellery is usually made of 925/1000 silver.
But then, how do you clean the silver metal?
If your silver jewellery contains precious stones, some of the methods are not recommended. Please do not hesitate to contact us.
How do you recognise silver?
It is imperative to know if your jewellery is really made of silver. Here are different tests to carry out to recognise a silver jewel:
- Check the hallmarks: the silver is authenticated by a 925 hallmark and a logo registered with the Swiss customs office for precious metals.
- Make sure you have a magnet: you should know that silver is not magnetic, if your jewellery does not react to your magnet, it is silver.
It is worth noting that 925 sterling silver can blacken (oxidise) over time.
STEP N°1: JEWELLERY CHAMOIS
Here is the best solution to clean your silver jewellery.
A simple silver chamois, special cloth for silver, gold, platinum and gemstone jewellery. This specially treated cotton cloth cleans and revives the jewel, restoring its shine and brilliance.
You can buy a silver cloth in a drugstore or simply on the net. We recommend the HAGERTY brand. Very effective.
It is perfect for cleaning your silver jewellery. It is a specially treated cotton fabric that gently cleans, restores shine and brilliance.
This product is used by all jewellers. Simple, fast, effective and super economical.
The use is very simple, dry rub your silver jewellery with circular movements.
STEP N°2 : Clean your silver jewellery with lemon
Let's start with a food that everyone has at home!
A simple lemon may be enough to clean your silver jewellery.
To clean silver jewellery with lemon, use a toothbrush soaked in lemon juice. Gently rub your silver ring, necklace or bracelet. Rinse it and wipe it off with a lint-free cotton cloth.
STEP N°3: Clean silver jewellery with toothpaste
The toothpaste, with its polishingaction , is a wonderful cleaner for silver but also for your crystal jewellery.
Cleaning silver jewellery with toothpaste, the method: Same as for lemon, gently rub your jewellery with a toothbrush.
STEP N°4: Clean silver with white vinegar
The friend of all housewives, white vinegar is useful in many cases! Also known for its whitening action on crystal, white vinegar is very effective on silver jewellery. Here's how to use it :
Soak your silver jewellery in a glass filled with white vinegar for two hours. Rinse with water and wipe dry. The perfect solution for cleaning your blackened silver chain.
STEP N°5: Clean your silver jewellery with baking soda
For this cleaning tip, fill a small bowl with a tablespoon of baking soda and a little warm water.
Cleaning silver jewellery with baking soda: Gently scrub with a toothbrush and the compound solution.
Entrust your silver jewellery to a professional
If these methods do not give you satisfactory results, it will be necessary to turn to a professional.
In addition, your silver jewellery may be too fragile to be cleaned by hand, such as rings set with stones.
Nothing could be simpler than going to your favourite jeweller to entrust him with your jewellery. His experience, adapted products and know-how will guarantee a top result!
AND NOW, HOW BEST TO CARE FOR YOUR SILVER JEWELLERY?
Once cleaned, shining, it is necessary to take some precautions for the maintenance of your silver jewellery:
- Keep your silver jewellery in a box or tissue paper.
- Remove your jewellery when swimming, showering, playing sports, washing up