how to clean tarnished silver jewelry – Carter's Jewel Chest

Preserving the Shine to Your Silver Jewelry

Prevent Tarnish to Your Favorite Pieces

Silver tarnishing is a natural occurrence caused by exposure to air and light. While it can dull the sparkle of your jewelry, it doesn't mean that your beautiful pieces are ruined. In this blog post, we'll discuss why silver tarnishes, how to clean tarnished silver jewelry and helpful tips for keeping your favorite jewelry in excellent condition for years to come!

What is Tarnish?

Tarnish is a dark, dull coating that can develop on the surface of silver over time. It’s caused by a chemical reaction between the metal and its environment. Signs of tarnish may include darkening or discoloration, a loss of shine and the appearance of small black or brown spots.

Common causes of tarnish include exposure to air, moisture and chemicals found in perfume or lotion. Tarnish can also occur when silver comes into contact with certain materials such as rubber or wool. 

Proper Storage for Silver Jewelry

Effectively storing your jewelry will help prevent tarnish. It’s important to store your silver jewelry in a cool, dry place free from moisture and humidity. Avoid storing your pieces in the bathroom and in places with direct sunlight. 

Store your silver jewelry separately from other items to prevent scratches and damage. We recommend using an airtight container, such as a plastic bag or sealed jewelry box. For best results, you can also include moisture-absorbing silica gel packets or anti-tarnish strips in your storage container.

How to Clean Tarnished Silver Jewelry

If your silver jewelry becomes tarnished, you can try to clean it using the following simple and easy method. Gently scrub the jewelry with a soft-bristled toothbrush, using a solution of warm water and mild dish soap. Rinse the jewelry thoroughly with water and dry it with a soft, lint-free cloth. 

Wearing and Caring

Now that you know about proper storage and how to clean tarnished silver jewelry, make sure you’re removing your jewelry at the appropriate times. Be sure to remove jewelry before engaging in activities such as swimming or cleaning that may expose it to chemicals, moisture or other damaging substances.

Another best practice is to keep your silver jewelry away from harsh perfumes, lotions and hairsprays. When putting on or taking off your silver jewelry, be sure to handle it with clean, dry hands to prevent transferring oils or other substances onto the metal. Take your jewelry off before bed, as friction and perspiration during sleep can cause damage and tarnishing. 

Finally, consider having your silver jewelry professionally cleaned and polished on a regular basis to help remove any stubborn tarnish. At Carter’s Jewel Chest, we offer top-tier professional cleaning services that will restore the luster to your priceless pieces. Plus, we’ll perform a FREE inspection to ensure your treasures are in top condition.

Timeless Silver Treasures

Now that you know all about silver care and cleaning, it’s time to add some fresh pieces to your jewelry box. And if you adore sterling silver wonders inspired by the magic of Bali, look no further than John Hardy. His collections are masterfully handcrafted by skilled artisans. For instance, this Classic Chain Hammer Station Bracelet shines with sterling silver and 18-Karat gold. The Classic Rata Chain Hoop Earrings also shimmer brightly, perfectly complimenting this gorgeous silver statement ring. To explore more of John Hardy’s lustrous creations, browse our selections online or visit us today at 860 Hwy. 62 E., Unit 1 in Mountain Home, Arkansas. 

Contact the Experts at Carter’s Jewel Chest

If you're looking for expert advice on caring for your silver jewelry or have any questions about purchasing high-quality silver pieces, don't hesitate to contact us at Carter's Jewel Chest. Our team of experienced jewelers and silver experts can provide you with the guidance and support you need to keep your jewelry looking its best.