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10 Ways to Prolong the Life of Your 925 Sterling Silver Jewellery

by Auriann Admin on December 11, 2023

10 Ways to Prolong the Life of Your 925 Sterling Silver Jewellery

Whether you accessorise your wardrobe exclusively with silver jewellery or you only have unique pieces, you've probably found yourself wondering at some point what the best way is to take care of and clean your silver jewellery.

We have put together a list to answer all of your questions about caring for silver jewellery. From daily wearing tips to cleaning instructions, you'll find it right here!

Understanding Why Your 925 Sterling Silver Tarnishes

925 sterling silver is an alloyed metal, generally made of 92.5% pure silver and other metals. 925 Sterling silver is a popular metal because of its affordability and malleability, but it also tarnishes quickly because of its composition.

If you're looking at a piece of jewellery that is darkened or appears dirty, then your silver has tarnished, but there is no need to neglect this piece or get rid of it.

Tarnish is the result of a chemical reaction with oxygen or sulphur particles in the air. With a few easy-to-follow tips, you can take care of your 925 sterling silver jewellery and make it last for years.

If you want to learn how to make your sterling silver jewellery last, keep reading. Well, we teach you the best tips in 925 sterling silver care.

1. Wear Your Sterling Silver Jewellery Often

If you're worried about your 925 sterling silver jewellery dulling out, you should wear it more often. Believe it or not, your body's natural oils will keep your 925 sterling silver shining.

The more often you wear your 925 sterling silver jewellery, the nicer and brighter it will look.

Leaving your jewellery in a box or drawer will only allow the colour to dull out quicker. The materials will be sitting still, going from the copper composition of the 925 sterling silver to oxidise.

2. Remove Your Jewellery While You're Cleaning

While you're cleaning your home, you shouldn't be wearing any of your jewellery. This rule especially applies to your 925 sterling silver pieces.

If you do wear your jewellery while cleaning, it will be exposed to numerous chemicals. The most worrying of these chemicals is sulfur.

When these chemicals come into contact with your jewellery, it can become ruined. Even just the fumes of cleaners can destroy pieces of jewellery. Whether you're deep cleaning or doing a light cleanse, you need to make sure to protect your jewellery. 

3. Keep Your Jewellery out of Direct Sunlight

If 925 sterling silver jewellery is left outside in the sunlight, it can tarnish. Tarnished jewellery becomes discoloured and rusted. We're sure you didn't sign up for dark grey silver jewellery.

A great way to avoid tarnished silver is by taking off your jewellery before going outside. If your jewellery is left directly in sunlight, tarnishing can happen even quicker.

Even if you're going outside for a swim, you should still take the jewellery off. Just remember to wear it again really soon. You don't want the jewellery to sit in a box or drawer without being worn for long periods.

4. Put Your Jewellery on Last

If you want to take extra special care of your sterling silver pieces, you should put your jewellery last. By this, we mean you should put on your jewellery after your clothes, lotion, makeup, perfume, and everything else.

If you spray perfume on your chest while you have a 925 sterling silver necklace on, you may end up accelerating the tarnishing process. You'll spray the colour of your silver away.

5. Store Your Jewellery in an Air-Tight Space

As we discussed, 925 sterling silver can become tarnished and oxidised. One of the biggest culprits in the tarnishing and oxidising process is the air around us.

If your jewellery is kept out in a bowl or hanging on a hook, it can become tarnished more quickly. This is understandable as it is revealed to the oxygen in the air while it is out like that.

We recommend you to keep your jewellery in an airtight container. This will prevent constant exposure to the atmosphere.

6. Keep Your Jewellery in a Cool Place

We all understand how jewellery can be when it is kept in a hot place. You don't want to overheat your jewellery and ruin it by keeping it in hot temperatures.

You should keep your jewellery in a cool, dark place. By doing this, you're minimizing the amount of light and heat exposure placed on your 925 sterling silver jewellery.

7. Be Careful What You Store Your Jewellery With

If you are storing your jewellery in a box or other kind of organizer, you should avoid putting other things in the organizer with your jewellery.

You shouldn't store your 925 sterling silver jewellery with paper, cotton, or cardboard. These materials may contain sulfur. As we discussed earlier, sulfur is not suitable for your 925 sterling silver.

If your jewellery is packaged with these materials, it may become quicker than it usually would be.

8. Store Your Jewellery Separately

If you want to be safe, you may want to store your jewellery separately.  Not only does this keep your pieces from becoming tangled. It also prevents scratching.

9. Invest in Anti-Tarnish Strips

If you are looking to add an extra layer of protection for your 925 sterling silver jewellery, you may want to consider investing in anti-tarnish strips. All you have to do is store these with your jewellery.

These magic strips will help slow the silver tarnishing process, keeping your jewellery looking newer for longer.

10. Take the Time to Clean Your Jewellery

You should clean your jewellery regularly, especially if you do find that your 925 sterling silver is tarnishing. We recommend cleaning your 925 sterling silver jewellery with good soap and water.

Regular soap and water are gentle enough to use on your jewellery. It would be best if you started with this cleaning technique before looking for any more robust cleaner. 

If you find a cleaner that is too strong, you may end up hurting your jewellery more than you're helping it. When in doubt, just lightly with plain soap and water.