Keeping your personalised silver jewellery clean and tarnish free
My grandmother told me many years ago that the best way to keep silver shiny is to use it regularly. Turns out she is right, however if you keep it stored away for special occasions you may find that when you pull it out it's covered in tarnish.
So why does it tarnish in the first place? How do you clean it naturally – without commercial chemical-laden products? And what is the best way to store it to avoid tarnish in the first place?
- Silver tarnishes because of oxidisation – Tarnish develops due to the presence of hydrogen sulfide in the air or in any materials that come into contact with the silver.¹
- Unlike rust, tarnish is a ‘self-limiting’ patina, affecting only the top few layers and ultimately protecting the metal. While this is good news overall, it is not particularly pretty.
Please note that this cleaning technique is for sterling 925 silver pieces, please do not use it on gold, rose gold precious metals or pieces with any gemstones, as it may cause damage.