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Caring for Your Silver Jewelry
- Clean your untarnished silver jewelry regularly using a phosphate-free detergent, rinse thoroughly with water and pat dry with a soft, clean cloth. Polish gently using a jewelry polishing cloth impregnated with a cleaning compound.
- Wear your jewelry often to help prevent tarnishing.
- Avoid exposure to household chemicals, hair products, perfumes, cosmetics, perspiration, rubber, latex, chlorinated water and prolonged exposure to sunlight. Putting your jewelry on last after getting ready in the morning and removing jewelry first before getting ready for bed will help to avoid harmful exposure to these elements.
- Avoid sleeping, cleaning, exercising, and swimming while wearing your jewelry.
- Remove light tarnish using a cotton ball with a liquid, non-scented, aloe-free hand sanitizer. Rotate the cotton ball regularly to use clean surfaces, as elements in the tarnish itself can be abrasive.
- Remove heavier tarnishes using a commercial phosphate -free silver cleaner that is meant to be washed off with water
- NEVER use chemical dips for removing tarnish from your jewelry—it can damage many gemstones.
- NEVER use toothpaste to polish your silver jewelry. Some toothpastes contain baking soda or other abrasive ingredients that will damage your jewelry.
- Store your jewelry in a dry, cool place in a tarnish-proof cloth pouch, air-tight jewelry box or a zip lock plastic bag, and out of direct sunlight to help prevent tarnishing.
- Avoid storing your jewelry on wood surfaces. They can contain acids.