Jewellery Care

Silver does tarnish naturally. There are many things that can cause silver to tarnish, but the most common causes are wool, food, rubber bands, latex gloves and certain paints. Oily salts from fingers can also tarnish silver. Silver will tarnish much more quickly in humid environments.

To slow down the rate of tarnishing try to keep the silver dry and always remove before showering or cleaning. Avoid chlorine as it can permanently damage or discolour your silver jewellery.

You can remove light tarnish by using a gentle washing up liquid and warm water. Carefully brush with a soft bristle brush, such as an old toothbrush. After brushing, simply rinse with lukewarm water and allow to dry.

If your fingerprint item tarnishes further you can polish it with silver polish or a silver cloth. It should come up shiny as new. Chains can be soaked in a silver dip. Do not, however, dip your fingerprint piece as it will remove the antiqued effect.

If you are not wearing your jewellery for a while or if you wish to keep it as a keepsake for when your child is older, simply keep it wrapped in some acid-free tissue.

Precious metal clay, because of its purity, is a relatively soft metal. If an item is worn every day or hung on a chain with lots of other items or on a key ring, it will gradually age.

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