Cleaning your jewellery

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Cleaning your jewellery is an important part of maintaining its appearance, especially with sterling silver and gold. Silver jewellery in particular is prone to tarnishing. Tarnishing occurs when silver undergoes a chemical reaction with sulfur-containing substances in the air. This is most prevalent in rings and chains made with silver, however you may also notice tarnishing or ‘black edge effect’ with 9ct gold pieces.

The following tips are a few things you could do to minimise the rate of your jewellery tarnishing:
  • Extra care should be taken when your jewellery is in contact with cosmetics and perfume.
  • Avoid exposing your silver to household chemicals when cleaning with bleach or ammonia.
  • Avoid wearing your jewellery when swimming in chlorinated water.
  • Wearing jewellery sporadically can also increase tarnishing as the metal does not have a chance to build up a residue of natural acids.

Clean your jewellery in luke warm, soapy water then dry the jewellery using a soft cloth. Once dry it is best to rub the jewellery using a polishing cloth which will do wonders to its shine in a matter of minutes.

If your jewellery is beyond cleaning with soapy water and a polishing cloth, a silver dip may be necessary.
Please note:  Do not silver dip any piece of jewellery that has an oxidised (blackened) finish or any piece set with pearls.

For all other pieces it is only necessary to dip the jewellery a few times a year for five to seven seconds maximum. Once the jewellery has been dipped, rinse the piece under cold running water in a plastic basin (silver dip is a mild acid that can damage work surfaces and metal sinks) and dry with a soft cloth or towel.
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