Just like your gold, your silver jewelry is worth treasuring and keeping safe and shining too! Trust us, it doesn’t take much except some easy tips and tricks to keep them dazzling for years to come.
Before we let you in on our jewelry care secrets, let us also tell you that all our WhiteHaathi jewelry pieces are made from a beautiful white metal that can last for generations with proper care. You only need to take some preventive measures along with occasional polishing to always keep it looking as good as new.
First and foremost, remember how your jewelry looks when you first receive it. Some silver jewelry has been oxidized to give it a slightly ‘antiqued’ look. This should not be confused with silver that has been tarnished due to exposure to air, excessive heat, or pollutants.
TO PREVENT TARNISH, FOLLOW THESE TIPS:
- Store your jewelry in a cool, dry place. Silver tarnishes when exposed to air, so it’s a good idea to keep your silver in airtight zip-lock plastic bags, or covered in a cloth enclosed in an airtight container when not in use. This will help slow down the tarnishing process and protect your jewelry from scratching. Also, keep it separately from your other accessories as silver jewelry gets scratched easily.
- Remove your jewelry when cleaning, swimming and taking a shower. Always remove your jewelry before using any product that contains bleach, ammonia, alcohol, fingernail polish removers that contain acetone, and turpentine. Some of these can cause a breakdown in the metal alloys leaving your jewelry beyond repair.
- Remove your jewelry when sleeping. Movement during sleep can also cause stress or scratches.
TO CLEAN YOUR JEWELRY, TRY THESE TIPS:
- Clean after every use. After every use, clean your jewelry with a soft cloth to remove the oil and grime that would have stuck to it from the skin grime it could have been exposed to throughout the day.
- Use a professional jewelry polishing cloth. The best way to clean your jewelry is with a professional jewelry polishing cloth. The cloth is treated with cleaning chemicals and not only will the cloth last a long time; it will give you an amazing shine each and every time. Rub gently in a lengthwise motion. Be careful not to pull hard on any joints or clasps as they could get damaged during cleaning.
- Use hot water and baking soda. If you find you need more than a polishing cloth, another simple way to clean your silver jewelry is to fill an aluminium pan with really hot (but not boiling) tap water. Add about 2 teaspoons of baking soda and 1 teaspoon of salt. Stir a bit. Add your jewelry and let soak for 10 minutes. Use a soft brush to scrub away the tarnish that has accumulated. Rinse and dry thoroughly. Please note that it is not advisable to use this method on jewelry with stones or plating as damage could occur.
- Never use toothpaste to clean silver jewelry, as it is very abrasive.
- Never dip any silver jewelry in ‘dip’ solutions or commercial cleaning solutions even though it may say that it is for silver jewelry. Dip cleaners will work the first few times, but after that, the silver jewelry may change colour and will never look the same.
If the scratches are too deep or the oxidation process has happened over a long period of time, consider having it cleaned and polished by a professional jeweller once. Then you can follow the above steps regularly.
TO PRESERVE RHODIUM PLATED JEWELRY
- Use warm water and mild liquid soap to clean our rhodium plated silver jewelry.
- Rinse and pat it dry immediately with a soft cloth.
- Refrain from using any chemicals on your rhodium plated jewelry. Also, avoid toothpaste and polishing cloths that are meant for use on gold jewelry or uncoated silver pieces.
- Avoid placing it in an ultrasonic cleaner and using any abrasives on it. No silver dips or ammonia-based products too.