Silver is a beautiful, luminous metal, however it is prone to tarnishing. Our silver bangles are e-coated which helps protect the silver from tarnish, however, here is a guide on how to further protect your jewellery.
When either oxygen or sulphur from the air come into contact with silver, they bond chemically with the silver surface and the result is a dirty discoloured appearance.
Household chemicals: avoid exposure to cleaning chemicals, take your jewellery off before cleaning.
Contact with products that contain sulphur: these products all contain sulphur: eggs, onions, garlic, latex, mayonnaise, facial cleansing products, face creams, hand lotions, hairspray, shampoos. To be extra sure, take off your vulnerable jewellery before preparing food and before washing yourself.
Swimming pools: chlorinated water will damage the silver. Do not wear silver in swimming pools.
Plastic storage pouches: to avoid tarnishing caused by air exposure store your jewellery in small plastic sealable bags.
Wear your jewellery often: the oils on our body help to keep the silver in good condition so wear different pieces each week so that they all get worn regularly.
A soft nonabrasive cloth is required to gently polish your silver, as silver can scratch easily if you use anything with small fibres (tissue or kitchen paper as an example). Polish gently in one direction to remove light tarnish.
Home-made silver cleaners
If the tarnish is more severe, then you can try a home-made and environmentally friendly silver cleaner. Be sure that your jewellery is just made from silver however, as these methods could damage some precious stones.
White vinegar and baking soda: A gentle and very effective cleaner. Soak the tarnished piece of jewellery in a solution of 15ml white vinegar and 1 tablespoon of baking soda for a few hours, then rinse with water and dry.
Olive oil and lemon juice: Mix 15ml lemon juice together with 1/2 a teaspoon of olive oil. Dip a non abrasive polishing cloth in the solution and then polish the silver, rinse with water once it’s shiny and dry.