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Keep Your Sterling Silver Jewelry Gleaming Like New This Summer!

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Summer is a time when we all seem to be wearing our sterling silver jewelry more. Here are some tips to help you keep it gleaming like new!

  • Once a week use a polishing cloth, soft 100% cotton (nub free) cloth or flannel cloth and gently rub. Silver is a very soft metal and you can scratch it if you aren’t careful, so don’t rub it too briskly.  Do not use the polishing cloth on your gemstones!

    If you wear your sterling silver jewelry regularly, your body oils help to keep the tarnishing down and cleaning to a minimum.

  • NEVER expose it to chlorine or harsh cleaners.
  • Be sure to remove your jewelry before swimming or bathing. 
  • A silver paste cleaner or a silver polish spray can be used to remove tarnish.  However, do not use on gemstones! Use a very soft brush like a soft child’s tooth brush or a jewelry horse hair silver brush for hard to reach areas. A mushroom brush works well for this and can be found at most grocery stores. After cleaning with a silver polish, use a clean cloth to remove any residual cleaner from your jewelry.
  • Store your sterling silver jewelry wrapped in a soft cloth and placed in a zip lock plastic bag. Storing your sterling silver in the open air and humidity for extended periods of time can cause it to tarnish quickly.
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