5 Tips for Long Lasting Sterling Silver
In many of the LJ Artisan Designs, sterling silver is a big part in the pieces. But maintaining a brilliant shine and versatile look can be tricky. I think we can all think of that one ring or necklace that was our “fav” until it started to bring on a lackluster tarnish. The cleaning process can be risky and tedious but don’t worry! Below are LJ’s tips for easy, quick and convenient silver care.
- STORE IT SAFE
This is very important for a long-lasting silver life!
It is best to store silver individually in suede bags that can be tied shut. Do not leave it lying on your nightstand or in the bottom of your purse!! The air exposure can tarnish your silver in a very short time.
- KEEP IT OUT OF WATER
Although 100% pure water won’t damage your silver, most of today’s water supply is not pure. The contaminants and chemicals in our water today make your precious silver tarnish if not properly dried. This is why overtime our silver becomes dull and lifeless.
Places to always remember to remove your jewelry: shower, swimming pool, hot tub
- APPLY BEAUTY PRODUCTS FIRST, THEN ACCESORIZE
A lot of women and men don’t know that a big cause of tarnish is the chemicals in the make-up, lotions and perfumes that we use while wearing our sterling silver.
Always try to make sure you apply all products FIRST, let it dry and settle and then it is safe to put on silver rings, necklaces etc.
- POLISH, POLISH, POLISH
Although silver can be salvaged for years and years, it will get dirty from time to time despite our best efforts. Luckily, sterling silver can get that shine back from a quick rubdown from a micro fiber cloth.
For detailed pieces, use a Q-tip to get to the tighter areas.
LJ recommends this polishing cloth:
- KNOW WHEN TO TAKE IT OFF
It is very important to remove your sterling silver during the following:
- When using cleaning supplies or harsh soaps
- When exercising or playing sports
- Showering or bathing
- Sitting in hot tubs
- Sitting in saunas
- On the beach
- While getting ready i.e. putting on makeup
Taking good care of your handcrafted silver is always necessary! If you follow these tips, your silver will last a lifetime.
Be sure to check out LJ’s beautiful sterling silver pieces from all collections and be on the lookout for the NEW collection coming soon!!