Caring for Your Sterling Silver Cremation Jewelry
Sterling silver is a popular material for jewelry due to its versatility and beauty. It's important to care for sterling silver because, over time, the metal can tarnish or corrode. Being conscious of how you wear, store, and clean your jewelry goes a long way toward keeping it looking brand new.
What Causes Silver to Tarnish?
Tarnishing, or oxidation, occurs when the silver is exposed to oxygen and sulfur. When this happens, the silver can become darker or lose its luster. Higher purity silver will tarnish quicker than its lower purity counterparts.
How Should I Store My Sterling Silver Jewelry?
There are a few care tips to help you minimize the risk of tarnishing your jewelry:
- Store each piece of jewelry separately
- Keep individual pieces in an airtight bad
- Leave clasps or hinges unhooked
- Store in an area of low humidity
- Leave a silica packet or piece of chalk in the bag with the jewelry
Wearing Your Silver Jewelry
Regular wear can be a great way to prevent your jewelry from tarnishing. The oils in your body have a cleaning and protective effect, which can decrease the risk of tarnishing.
When Not to Wear Your Jewelry
Although it's safe to wear your silver during most activities, there are a few specific cases when you should store it instead:
- Cooking foods that contain sulfur, such as eggs, onions, and mustard
- Putting on makeup, lotion, or hair product
Caring for Sterling Silver
The best way to clean your jewelry is to polish it. Here are a few tips:
- Avoid household cleaners. If you feel your jewelry needs anything more than a polish with a nonabrasive cloth, consider taking it to a jeweler to get professionally cleaning.
- Use a nonabrasive cloth and rotate to a new section often. Paper towel or tissue can scratch your silver.
- Follow the grain of the silver. Don't polish in a circular pattern.
By following some of the suggestions above, you'll ensure that your silver is clean, vibrant, and as good as new for as long as you own it.