Jewellery Care Tips
What should I do if the piece starts to tarnish?
Sterling Silver naturally oxidizes over time. It is important to clean your jewellery after several wears. When Sterling silver is exposed to air, oil or water, it can cause oxidization which causes the silver to change its color to yellow or some extreme case to black. Sterling silver does not do harm to the body and it is safe for longwear however it is recommended to clean it when it tarnishes.
Daily maintenance would be to wash it after wearing it to remove the oil that escalates the oxidization and then dry it with a piece of cloth. It would be even better if you can store it into a ziplock baggie when it is not worn.
If the piece is tarnished and you do not have a silver polishing cloth, here are some home remedies that can help clean off the oxidization.
Toothpaste contains abrasive particles that can polish off tarnish and clean the silver, however it is recommended to use plain white toothpaste, instead of those fancy ones! Soften the toothpaste with water then rub against your silver! However if the silver has a flat and high polish finish, the next tip might be a better choice to use!
Mix create a paste with 1:4 part baking soda and lemon juice in a bowl, use a soft cloth(cotton) and dip into the mixture, then rub it on the sterling silver piece. After rubbing, rinse the piece with clean water and dry it with another soft cloth.