Tarnishing (also known as oxidation) is a result of oxygen or sulfur coming into contact with sterling silver. Tarnished silver is duller and sometimes a dark colour. All Belle Lumiere Australia Jewellery is based in high-quality .925 Sterling Silver – and higher purity silver will tarnish more quickly. Some of our designs are intentionally oxidized to create depth in the filigree or to highlight certain details on a piece of jewellery.
STORING YOUR STERLING SILVER JEWELLERY
Oxygen and moisture in the air will tarnish Sterling Silver Jewellery, so it’s important to properly store your jewellery to help minimize the oxidation process. Here are a few storage tips:
Store in an area with low humidity (no bathroom storage).
Store each piece in an airtight (Ziploc) bag.
Place a packet of silica or piece of chalk in the storage bag.
Keep clasps/closures unhooked to avoid moisture buildup.
WEARING YOUR STERLING SILVER JEWELLERY
Interesting fact: You can avoid tarnish by wearing your jewellery often! The natural oils in your skin will actually help protect and clean the silver. However, there are certain activities that can cause your jewelry to lose its luster quickly! You should remove your Sterling Silver jewellery before doing any of the following:
- Working Out
- Applying Hairspray or Hair Products
- Putting on Lotion and Makeup
CLEANING YOUR STERLING SILVER JEWELRY
Even the best-cared-for jewellery will sometimes require cleaning. Polishing your sterling silver jewellery will typically be the best way to clean it. Be sure to do the following:
- Use a special non-abrasive cloth to avoid scratching.
- Move to a new section of the cloth regularly.
- Avoid areas that are intentionally oxidized as part of the design.
- Do not rub in a circular pattern – follow the grain of the silver.
PROPER CARE IS THE KEY
With proper care, your Belle Lumiere Australia jewellery pieces should give you many years of pleasure and enjoyment – and even become family heirlooms.
Simple things – like paying attention to how you store, wear, and clean your sterling silver jewellery, can prolong its life dramatically. Remember to always store your jewellery in a dry and air-tight place. Wear your jewellery often, but be sure to remove it when showering, swimming, or working with certain chemicals or foods that contain sulfur. As a general rule, it’s always best to put on your jewellery last when getting dressed. Polishing your sterling silver before it becomes too tarnished will minimize the amount of work needed, but be sure to use the right type of cloth and stroke pattern. These small and simple steps will help keep your sterling silver jewellery looking brilliant for years to come.