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Sterling Silver Jewellery and Its Dirty Little Secrets - How To Keep Your Silver Jewellery Sparkling For Longer

Sterling silver jewellery is adorned for its luster, brilliance and versatility. It is popular for any jewellery collection. However, sometimes sterling silver can be frustrating especially when it begins to tarnish because of the contact between silver and oxygen. Your silver jewellery then becomes prone to fading and quickly looking old. It begins to appear dirty and discolored. Fortunately, it is possible to reverse the effects of tarnishing on your sterling silver jewellery and leave them looking brand new.

It is important to understand a few facts about your silver jewellery. .950 sterling silver is purer than .925 sterling silver. This means that the former will bend easily and tarnish quicker than the latter because of its increased purity. Therefore, take more care when handling .950 silver jewellery. Furthermore, silversmiths can allow partial oxidization to darken silver jewellery in order to give them more character. Excessive cleaning and polishing destroys the details of such silver pieces.

Here are 4 simple ways to make your sterling silver look brand new

1. Preventive Care

Wearing your jewellery more often keeps from them from tarnishing. The oils on your skin will help to clean the silver! Hence, constant wear will create a beautiful, shiny look on your silver.

Avoid contact of your jewellery with household chemicals,, perspiration or any items containing sulfur which may cause it to tarnish. Take off your jewellery when doing house chores, swimming or sunbathing. Store your silver jewellery in airtight plastic bags with anti-tarnish strips and do not store silver jewellery with other pieces in the same bag.

2. Polishing

It is important to polish your silver jewellery before the tarnishing becomes too severe. This polishing should be done using a special silver cloth, a lint-free flannel or non-abrasive clothing. Do not use paper towels or tissues to polish. These contain harsh fibers that scratch the silver.

Polish in long back-and-forth motions that mirror the grain of the silver. Rubbing in circles magnifies tiny scratches. As you polish, change the direction of your cloth. This keeps you from returning the tarnish on your jewellery.

3. Homemade Silver Cleaner

When polishing does not do the trick, you can purchase a silver cleaner. If you’d prefer to do it yourself, you can actually use self-made silver cleaners using kitchen items! After using the cleaner, thoroughly rinse the jewellery with water and dry the pieces with a microfiber.

Some simple silver cleaners include:

  • ammonia and phosphate free soap and water
  • baking soda or non-whitening toothpaste and water
  • olive oil and lemon juice
  • white vinegar and baking soda
  • baking soda, salt, aluminum foil and boiling water

Silver cleaners should not be used on pearls, opaque gemstones (turquoise, opal, carnelian, onyx) and clear gemstones (blue topaz, amethyst, and garnet).

4. Professional Care

Sometimes homemade silver cleaners may not produce the desired results. Furthermore, in cases of old and fragile silver jewelry pieces, it is better to use professional cleaning services. It will save you time and restore your jewellery to its original shine when you are unable to do so.

Silver jewellery can be enjoyed for a long time. Moreover, it is valuable. Don’t wait for the tarnish to become worse. Take measures and steps mentioned above to give your silver jewellery a fresh start.

At The Family Jewels, we provide professional jewellery cleaning and repairs. Contact us to discuss your needs. We are always happy to help you get your jewellery looking the way it should.


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5 Brilliant & Thoughtful Sterling Silver Gift Ideas

Everyone loves a thoughtful and meaningful gift. They are a beautiful way of showing appreciation and letting someone know how much you value their being in your life. Sterling silver gifts are perfect to show just how much you value your friends, siblings, partners or parents. They can be used as gifts for weddings, anniversaries, baby showers, housewarming and most any other occasion! A sterling silver gift distinguishes your gift from any others. It showcases your personal touch and refined taste. Sterling silver gifts make you shine just as well as the recipient!  What’s not to love!?

Here are a few ideas to help you choose the best sterling silver gift:

1.) Sterling Silver Bracelets

Sterling silver bracelets can be given as a single classic piece or personalised with a stack of layered bangles. Whichever the case, they are exceptionally crafted for a lifetime of value. Whether an understated single bracelet or a stack, sterling silver bracelets offer gorgeous ways to share your fashion savvy and exquisite taste. Simple single classic pieces are more relevant for a baby shower while a stack of layered bangles is more appropriate for a larger celebratory or wedding gift. Or perhaps you are after a unique and stylish group gift. Get together a group and purchase complimenting bracelets that can, when gifted, be worn as a beautiful and meaningful collection. There are a variety of bracelets all which are unique and beautiful. Whether a single fine bracelet or a beautiful set of stacking bangles these make beautiful gifts for both everyday wear and special occasions.

2.) Sterling Silver Necklaces

Sterling silver necklaces are elegant and brilliant gifts.  Furthermore, necklaces with a pendant look even moreso! A stunning silver necklace stand outs on any woman’s neck. Necklaces come in various styles all of which demystify your sense of fashion and elegance. When looking for an anniversary gift, look no further. A sterling silver necklace will be magic. Consider favourite colours and/or birthstones details when making your selection.

3.) Sterling Silver Brooches

Many women ignore the importance of brooches and disregard them. However, a brooch brings a whole new element to your clothing! If this is done by just a simple brooch, how much more would a gorgeous silver brooch make your outfit shine! Sterling silver brooches are unique and exquisite giving a whole new aspect to your garment. Adding personality and flair to your clothing can transform even the most simple item into something uniquely styled. However, brooches are not just for garments but may be utilised as an ornamental jewellery as well! With a sterling silver brooch gift, you give your loved choices to use it as an ornament or to add beauty to their clothing. Do not just buy any brooch, buy a gorgeous sterling silver brooch. This will do the trick and is a genuinely unique option!

4.) Sterling Silver Rings

Rings are not just symbols of engagement or marriage but also of commitment and value. Rings leave a long lasting impression on your loved one. They are an indication of just how much value you confer on an individual. Sterling silver rings can all be described as ‘out of this world’. The most beautiful sterling rings are unique, elegant and exquisite. Even in their simplest form, sterling silver rings still have an indelible effect. They are perfect for wedding or anniversary gifts!

5.) Sterling Silver Earrings

Classic understated sterling silver studs or beautifully designed statement pieces can both brighten an outfit and showcase personality. A confident woman in love with her earrings is a sight to behold! Sterling silver earrings are gorgeous and make amazing gifts. They are unique jewellery pieces that give impression of exceptional fashion sense and a touch of excellence. Moreover, depending on the design, earrings can be used for gifting in almost any occasion.

Sterling silver gifts come in a range of designs and makes. Some cost a little more than others. However, you can never go wrong with a sterling silver gift.


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