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  • Writer's pictureKatrine Høilund Holmgaard

Cleaning, maintaining and things to avoid with silver jewelry


Cleaning and maintaining silver jewelry


How do I maintain silver jewelry?

To maintain the beauty of your silver jewelry and prevent tarnishing, there are a few steps you can take:

  1. Store your silver jewelry in a cool, dry place, such as a jewelry box or airtight container, to protect it from exposure to air and moisture.

  2. Avoid exposing your silver jewelry to harsh chemicals such as chlorine, bleach, and ammonia, which can cause damage and tarnishing.

  3. Clean your silver jewelry regularly using a soft, non-abrasive cloth to remove dirt and oil buildup. If your jewelry has more stubborn tarnish or grime, you can use a special silver cleaning solution or polishing cloth.

  4. Wear your silver jewelry frequently, as the natural oils in your skin can help prevent tarnishing.

  5. Avoid wearing your silver jewelry while swimming, showering, or engaging in other activities that may expose it to water or excessive heat.

By following these simple steps, you can help ensure that your silver jewelry remains beautiful and shiny for years to come.


How do I clean silver jewelry?

Here are some simple steps to clean silver jewelry:

  1. Create a cleaning solution by mixing a small amount of mild dish soap with warm water.

  2. Soak your silver jewelry in the cleaning solution for 5-10 minutes.

  3. Use a soft-bristled brush, such as a toothbrush, to gently scrub any areas that are particularly dirty or tarnished.

  4. Rinse the jewelry thoroughly under running water to remove any soap residue.

  5. Dry the jewelry with a soft, lint-free cloth, being careful not to rub too hard.


Alternatively, you can use a silver polishing cloth, which is a specially treated cloth designed to clean and polish silver jewelry. Simply rub the jewelry gently with the cloth until it shines.

It's important to avoid using harsh chemicals or abrasive materials to clean silver jewelry, as these can cause damage to the metal or remove the protective coatings. Also, avoid using ultrasonic cleaners or steam cleaners, as these can cause damage to certain types of gemstones or pearls that may be set in the jewelry.


By following these simple steps, you can help keep your silver jewelry looking its best and prevent tarnishing.


What should I avoid when cleaning silver jewelry?

When cleaning silver jewelry, it's important to avoid using certain materials and methods that can damage the metal or any gemstones that may be present. Here are some specific things to avoid:

  1. Do not use hot water, as it can cause the silver to expand and warp.

  2. Avoid using baking soda, toothpaste, or other abrasive materials, as they can scratch the surface of the silver.

  3. Do not use bleach or other harsh chemicals, as they can discolor or damage the silver.

  4. Avoid using paper towels or tissues to dry the silver, as they can leave tiny scratches on the surface.

If your silver jewelry has any gemstones or pearls, be sure to check their specific cleaning requirements before using any cleaning products.



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