How to clean sterling silver earrings

Published: 17th July 2009
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When it comes to jewelry, many women like to wear gold, pearls or gems. Of course, each of these has unparalleled allure. They look stunning, are glamorous and come in a variety of designs and styles. But, none of these can match the sedate beauty of silver.



If you own a stunning piece of silver jewelry, whether it's a pendant or a pair of sterling silver earrings, the first step in making its beauty last is to store it well. Regular cleaning and proper storage can add decades to your sterling silver earrings.



Store sterling silver earrings in plastic bags to avoid oxidation. Silver becomes black when it is exposed to air. This is due to the process of oxidation. When you store your silver jewelry in plastic, the air supply is cut off. Remove silver jewelry before washing your hands or having a bath.



Coating:

Many jewelers recommend dipping sterling silver earrings to remove the black color of oxidized silver and bring back its sheen. But, dipping is not recommended because even the most careful hand can and will leave microscopic humps and bumps on the jewelry. A number of dips can seriously alter the shape and character of your jewelry.



Cloth:

In most jewelry shops, you will get what is called the Sunshine Polishing Cloth. This is a soft cloth that can be used to clean both gold and silver jewelry. The cloth becomes black as you use it, but you can continue to use the cloth for a while. This cloth contains a number of chemical cleaners. If your sterling silver earrings lose their sheen, simply wipe the jewelry with this cloth.



Cleaning: Do not use water or soap to clean sterling silver earrings. Instead, clean silver jewelry with baking soda. Since you do not want to handle or inhale the powder directly, an easy way is to drop the sterling silver earrings into a plastic bag that contains baking powder and squish the bag so that the powder is rubbing against the jewelry. Any powder stuck to the crevices in the jewelry may be taken out using a toothbrush. You may rinse the jewelry with water and then use the toothbrush with a light hand. Rinse well and dry with a paper towel immediately.



Alternatively, you can also use a tarnish remover to clean silver jewelry. But make sure that the tarnish remover does not come into contact with pearls or opals. Or, use a tarnish remover that is safe for these.



In case your sterling silver earrings have a antique look and you feel you have polished it too bright, you can use a piece of steel wool to polish the places that need the matt look. Remember, this will leave tiny abrasive marks on the jewelry. Do not use steel wool on rhodium plated silver jewelry.



There! Now, you have no more excuse to wear silver jewelry that has gone black with age!



Niki Jane is an expert consultant serving customer for over 15 years in San Diego, California by providing useful information on jewelry and gemstones. If you are looking to buy sterling silver earrings i recommend to visit www.gemsandcompany.com to find exquisite range of sterling silver earrings at unbelievable prices.

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