Item Care

Material

Sterling silver is a beautiful bright white, warm shiny metal.

Fine / pure silver is generally too soft for producing functional objects; therefore, the silver is usually alloyed with copper to give it strength while preserving the ductility and beauty of the precious metal.

I use bright white sterling silver in my jewellery range which has good strength properties and eliminates fire-scale, this means that it has a lower tarnishing (surface oxidisation / blackening) rate and a beautiful warm silver finish.

Due to sterling silver being alloyed with other metals like copper for its strength this means that it tarnishes over time. Especially when exposed to oxygen, salty air or water and will react by tarnishing.

 

Maintenance

To avoid the rate of oxidisation / tarnishing to your silver jewellery it is recommended to store them in a zip lock bag to prevent the acceleration of the this process.

In order to clean or bring the sterling silver back to it's beautiful bright white state there are a couple of ways to you can do this.

Silver polishing cleaner, available from most hardware stores can be used to dip your silver piece into and then rinse, this can be smelly and poisonous and if the wrong chemicals are used this could damage the piece.

A great alternative that I would recommend is toothpaste, apply a small amount on a brush with a bit of water and lightly scrub scrub the piece to clean your silver perfectly. Once cleaned you can run it under the water and dry. 

Another safe bio method is to use bi-carb soda, mix a tea spoon with a 1/2 - 1 teaspoon of water and use the same method as the toothpaste.

For heavily tarnished silver the most effective method to brighten and restore your jewellery is to use an ultrasonic cleaner.

Contact Abby to use her repair service or ultrasonic cleaner.