Good fine jewelleries are supposed to give you a lifetime of pleasure. If for any reason you had to stop wearing them, maybe ‘cause they have gone bad, then that purpose is defeated. Silver jewellery and charm bracelets are unique jewellery pieces and you have to know how to care for them if you want them to last you a lifetime.
Here are some great ways to care for your silver charms:
- Remove when doing tasks such as household chores, sports, strenuous tasks, bathing, tasks requiring hand tools.
- Chlorine from swimming pools and hot tubs should be avoided, as well as contact with cleaning compounds, paint and products.
- Ensure your charm bracelets and necklaces stays dry at all times as moisture is the primary cause of tarnish.
- Prevent jewellery contact sulphurous materials like rubber bands.
Cleaning your sterling silver jewellery
How to clean: When polishing your silver charms, use long term silver polish cloth or a soft lint free fabric impregnated with polish. Jewellery items can also be soaked in warm soapy water and use soft bristle toothbrush or a soft cloth for persistent marks. Some items of jewellery can be cleaned with specialist jewellery cleansers, but care should be taken to read the direction of use on the products. Ensure you consistently rinse and dry your jewellery completely.
How to keep your jewellery free of tarnish:
- Make use of silica gel packs when storing your jewellery to keep the air dry.
- Before putting on any of your silver jewellery and charm bracelets, allow moisturizer, scent and other body products to dry, as these can speed up the tarnish of your jewellery.
- Wear your jewellery more often as this will lessen its tarnish due to the gentle friction and oils of the skin.
Caring for jewellery with a brushed or satin finish
Extra care should be taken when cleaning silver jewelleries with a satin or textured finish. Finishes can be achieved in various ways, and abrasive processes should be undertaken with great care, unless you’ve been advised otherwise.
Using a rinse-off method of liquid cleanser is oftentimes the best method for moderate to hard tarnish. You can make use of a soft toothbrush when the tarnish is a difficult one.
Caring for jewellery with an oxidised finish
- An oxidised finish on your charm bracelets is just a decoration on the surface and not permanent, so you have to be careful to avoid abrasion on the surface of the jewellery.
- Avoid cleaning oxidised finishes with harsh detergents. Instead use a mild detergent diluted in warm soapy water and dry completely. Don’t use dips or chemical silver cleaners.
Storing your silver charms
Storing your silver jewellery is as important as cleaning them. Ensure you store your silver jewellery in a dry, cool area. You’ll need to keep individual pieces apart from each other, so they do not knock against or scrape at each other. Keeping your sterling silver charms wrapped in acid free tissue paper, and put inside a sealed polythene bag is perfect.
That’s just about it on caring for your sterling silver jewellery. Your jewellery defines your style, so you should care for them if you want them to last you a lifetime.