Caring for Silver

Our jewelry pieces are designed to set the standard for quality, but even the finest sterling silver jewelry will lose its luster if not properly cared for. It is critical that you properly care for your new purchase to keep it looking as beautiful as it is today. 

 

STERLING SILVER

Pure silver is soft, very malleable, and easily damaged. For use in jewelry, it is combined with other metals to produce a more durable product. The most popular of these alloys is sterling silver, which consists of 92.5 percent silver and 7.5 percent copper

 

WHAT CAUSES TARNISHING?

Tarnishing is a result of oxygen or sulfur coming into contact with sterling silver. Tarnished silver is duller and sometimes a dark color. 

CARING FOR STERLING SILVER

Polishing Sterling Silver is typically the best way to clean your Sterling Silver jewelry. Be sure to do the following:

  • Use a special non-abrasive cloth to avoid scratching.
  • Frequently rotate to a new section of the cloth.
  • Avoid areas that are intentionally oxidized.
  • Do not rub in a circular pattern, follow the grain of the silver.

If you have severe tarnishing or antique pieces that need extra care, consider bringing your pieces to us for professional cleaning. 

Karen Burke