• Sterling (or 925) silver can tarnish over time especially if it has contact with certain chemicals, acidic food, cleaning agents and more damaging, chlorine which can leave permanent marks. Try to avoid contact with makeup, perfume and body creams before wearing.
• Silver should be kept dry. Remove it before washing up, showering, bathing or swimming.
• If possible store in a tarnish-free cloth or good quality jewellery box.
• A silver polishing cloth is a useful item for giving your jewellery lustre and shine.
• Take care when cleaning jewellery with gemstones as the gems may require cleaning.
If your jewellery is oxidised no cleaning is required. The surface can become shiny with wear. Oxidized silver is charcoal grey in colour with a matt finish. Over time with wear it can become shiny and eventually the black finish can comes away. This often occurs with rings as they make contact with various surfaces and are exposed to water. To keep oxidized jewellery black it is recommended items are kept dry as much as possible, to prolong its colour.
Any items which lose their black appearance can be re-oxidized for free, on the day by visiting Selina at her studio. Alternatively items can be sent by post to the studio in Manchester. (Postage fee to be paid by the sender).
The best and most inexpensive way to clean Selina’s silver jewellery is with sodium bicarbonate.
1. Line a large bowl or a small bucket with tinfoil with the shiny side facing outwards
2. Place silver items into the foil-lined container
3. Add sodium bicarbonate
4. Pour in hot water to cover the items that need to be cleaned and allow the silver to fizz, if it doesn’t fizz, add more soda
5. Repeat process until excess of soda has disappeared
6. Lastly soak for about half an hour
7. Remove the silver from the water
9. Dry and rub over with silver cloth.
Sodium bicarbonate can also be used to clean large pieces of silver without using the dipping method that is explained above. For these larger pieces you need to combine baking soda with water to form a paste. Dip a clean, damp sponge into the paste and rub it onto the silver. The longer you leave the paste on the silver, the more tarnish you will remove. Finish by rinsing the silver with hot water and drying. Silver cleaning solutions or dips are not recommended as they can leave nasty residues and ruin the surface of the silver especially if not rinsed properly. They can also damage delicate gems such as pearls.
Email Selina for further advice Click here to contact Selina., or make an appointment to have your jewellery cleaned onsite for FREE! We offer a FREE cleaning service for any piece of jewellery.
Alternatively you can post items to Selina to clean for a charge of £7 covering the postage. Click here to contact Selina.