So you’ve invested in a piece of Sterling Silver jewelry… now how do you care for it? Our solid 925 Sterling Silver and gold-plated pieces are designed to shine brilliantly for years and years, but they need your help! Here are some tips on how to care for your piece so it can live a long, lustrous lifetime:
DAILY MAINTENANCE ↯
Unlike zinc, copper, and brass, solid silver will not turn green or stain your skin - but all silver can tarnish over time without proper care! Keeping your jewelry dry, away from chemical products, and stored correctly will prevent tarnishing.
While silver is waterproof, be mindful of wearing your jewelry in the shower and while washing your hands/doing dishes: unfiltered water contains trace minerals that can oxidize silver, which may lead to tarnishing over time.
Prolonged exposure to chlorine and other chemicals used in pool water can damage jewelry, so we recommend removing your jewelry before taking a dip!
We love having fun in the sun! That being said, long-term exposure to sweat and skin products such as sunscreen, perfume, and makeup can contribute to tarnishing, so leave your jewels dry to chill in the shade while you bask in the rays.
Most household cleaning products contain chemicals that can damage or tarnish your jewelry over time - make sure to set it aside before you get in your scrubbin’ zone.
Because of its soft nature, 925 silver is reinforced with small amounts of alloy to support the structural integrity of precious pieces. That being said, it is still prone to scratches, bends and even breaks if not handled properly.
To protect the surface, shape, and finish of your pieces, we recommend removing any jewelry before performing intensive tasks such as working out, washing dishes, or any other activities that may scuff your jewelry against another object.
With regular use, your jewelry will pick up bits of oil, dust, and makeup along the way - these substances are easily managed with routine cleaning. Just follow the instructions below to keep your jewelry squeaky clean!
HOW TO CLEAN ↯
All of our precious metal pieces come with a free STUDIOCULT silver polishing cloth - use this or any other microfiber cloth to wipe down and polish your jewelry to remove tarnish and keep it sparkling.
Warm water and a gentle soap are an easy way to keep your jewelry clean! An occasional hand-wash of your pieces can be an effective and simple solution to dirt and grime buildup.
For longterm tarnishing or difficult to remove substances, soak your pieces in a concoction of ¼ cup baking soda and 1-2 tablespoons of warm water. Let sit for a few minutes, then rinse with clean water and gently dry with a soft cloth.
HOW TO STORE ↯
Your jewels will do best in a cool, dry environment. We recommend storing your pieces in separate bags/sleeves in a jewelry box or other moisture proof container to stave off tarnishing and maintain sparkle!
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