Hi Ho Silver - Not Good in the Swimming Pool!

by Pool Builders on 02-04-2006 in Articles

Caring for any type of jewelry made from silver is important. It should be made part of your regular jewelry wearing routine. Sterling silver necklaces, beaded necklaces made of silver or just a simple sterling silver necklace falls into this "caring" category. It is important to keep your silver jewelry in a dry, cool place, as this will avoid oxidation. Since silver reacts to hydrogen sulfide and sulfur in the air, it turns dull after a while and needs to be buffed and taken care of. These airborne particles can tarnish silver jewelry and rob them of their natural sheen. It is best to keep your silver jewelry locked tightly in your jewel box when not wearing it, as exposure to artificial light or sunlight for long periods of time will accelerate the tarnishing process.

If you have a sterling silver necklace, storing it in a cloth to help resist tarnishing is a great first step. Don't throw silver jewelry items into drawers along with beaded necklaces and other forms of jewelry. They rub against each other and create scratches.

Buy a good quality, liquid polish and use a polishing cloth for your precious silver jewelry. One great tip for protecting sterling silver necklaces is to glaze them with a fine coat of Egyptian lacquer. If you use sterling silver dips, remember to clean them off well, as they may rub off the color if you're not careful. One of the best and most economical methods for cleaning your sterling silver necklace is to make a solution of mild dishwashing liquid and water. Remember to keep all traces of moisture from your jewelry pieces by drying them thoroughly. Definitely keep your silver jewelry away from bleach or chlorinated swimming pools.

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