Many people have discovered the beauty of wearing silver. More and more people are finding that silver jewelry compliments their attire just as well or even better than gold. Others are discovering that silver and gold combination jewelry is one of their favorites.
However, fewer people fully understand how to properly clean their silver jewelry pieces. They believe that once their silver has tarnished, its beauty is lost forever. However, understanding the best way to clean silver jewelry will keep your pieces shiny and beautiful for years to come.
Over time, silver will likely tarnish. It is more common that your silver jewelry pieces will tarnish in humid climates than those that are not. Air pollution is also a harsh factor on this jewelry. When silver tarnishes, it loses it shine and turns a black hue. There are several ways to remove this hue and return your jewelry to its shiny and beautiful state.
In most cases, the easiest way is the best way to clean silver jewelry. Silver cleaning cloths are one of the fastest and best ways to clean and polish the jewelry back to its shiny appearance. These cloths are available in many different locations including supermarkets, jewelry stores, and other general store locations. They remove dirt, grime, body oils, and fingerprints from the silver. The cloths are fairly inexpensive and can be used multiple times. Simply wipe down the jewelry and it is immediately ready for wearing.
Some believe that the best way to clean silver jewelry is by using toothpaste and a toothbrush to buff the piece and free it from tarnish. While this method is effective, it is important to be careful not to scratch the jewelry with the brush bristles. Also be certain to rinse the jewelry with warm water when finished.
Many jewelry departments in stores offer a silver jewelry cleaning liquid. The jewelry pieces are dipped into the solution and then pulled out and wiped off. This method is also effective. However, it is easier to simply wipe the piece with a silver jewelry cleaning cloth. Some find it best to dip the jewelry and then wipe it with one of the cloths.
Others find that household cleaners also work for cleaning silver jewelry. However once again, you must be careful not to use an abrasive cleaner that will scratch or damage the jewelry.
If you have silver jewelry pieces with precious stones such as diamonds or other gemstones, it is best to take your jewelry piece to a jeweler to have it periodically cleaned. It is also a good idea to ask the jeweler about the proper home cleaning techniques to be used on your particular jewelry piece.
With the proper cleaning and storage, silver jewelry can retain its shine and beauty for many years. Black and tarnished silver jewelry pieces can easily be brought back to their original state with a little attention and care.
Source by Denise M Sanger