We know– it’s hard not to be crazy in love with sterling silver jewelry. Many of us love it so much, we wear it day and night (even sleep in it!).
But rocking it this way can result in one sad thing: tarnish.
It requires mindful loving care to maintain the timeless shimmer and shine of fine sterling. To keep your Betty B. silver treasures beautiful for years and years to come, here’s a few key facts to know about the metal, and some helpful tips on how to love your silver even more.
Tarnish: A Natural Nuisance
Tarnish naturally happens– and unfortunately, it makes silver look dingy or dirty.
Basically, when oxygen or sulfur come in contact with silver they chemically bond to its surface, and cause silver to appear discolored.
Tarnish will happen especially quick when exposed to salty ocean air (attention all you beach babes!), humidity, and any substance containing sulfur and, or chlorine– including body and household products (i.e. cleaning sprays or bleach wipes, lotions, fragrance, etc.)
Top Tips to Prevent Tarnish
To remove and prevent tarnish, regular cleaning, polishing, and proper storage is necessary to keep silver looking shiny and bright.
You can bring your Betty B. jewelry to the shop, and we’ll happily polish it in our ultra spiffy ultrasonic cleaner to get it looking new again, free of charge.
Not local to Ventura? Here are key tips on keeping your silver sparkling:
- Use a specialized silver polishing cloth (which we sell for only $3) to lovingly clean your jewelry by hand. A soft polishing cloth is perfect for designs with have delicate or fine details, as tarnish is hard to remove from small surfaces and deep grooves.
- This one is especially tough for you surf Bettys and mermaids, but taking off your jewelry before you get into the water, bask on the sand, or dip in the pool is crucial to keeping you silver in sweet shape.
- When not wearing your jewelry, store your special pieces in an air tight place– either a jewelry box or dedicated drawer are great. Although not the most glamorous, reusable bags with a zip tight seal are the best thing to use. We’ve also discovered this is a great way to keep your jewelry organized and safe while traveling. Come by the shop, and we give you as many as you need, plus some a new sticker to add to your collection!
- Use this simple home remedy when your silver is in need of some serious TLC:
- Place sterling silver in an aluminum pie tin, or, in a glass baking dish lined with aluminum foil. Sprinkle 1/2 to 1 cup baking soda over the silver. Keeping the pan in the sink to minimize splashing, and pour enough boiling water to cover the silver. Repeat if necessary. When the tarnish disappears, remove the silver, and rinse with clean water and toothbrush if needed.
- Wearing jewelry while washing your hands is typically fine, as long as you dry your rings or bracelets along with your hands. If your jewelry gets submerged for a long period of time, place pieces in a warm, dry, safe place asap– and leave them out for a while (try a sunny window sill). This should thoroughly evaporate any moisture, and deter the chance of mold developing. This is especially important for closed-back bezel set jewelry. If mold does develop, your jewelry can be brought to the shop for a cleaning and resetting, which costs $7.