Now that you have a piece of jewellery that you love, here are some tips on how to keep it just as lovely as the day you received it.
As with all precious metals, sterling silver can start to look a little dull and becomes tarnished over time. That's because 75 parts of 1000 parts of Sterling Silver (925) are made up of copper to create a harder, more durable alloy than pure silver. The copper reacts with the sulphur-containing substances in the air forming a thin dark layer on top of the jewellery.
If you want to extend the finish of your jewellery, it is advisable not to expose it to perfume, chlorine, body lotions or high humidity.
Jewellery also tarnishes whilst worn of course (occasionally it can be accelerated through a person's sweat or cosmetics), but it is fairly easy to remove the tarnished layer with silver dip. We use Haggerty or Goddard's silver dip which cost around £10 online. Submerge the jewellery in this solution before making sure it’s thoroughly rinsed in water and dried.
If you have silver jewellery that doesn't tarnish, then it would have been plated with fine silver or rhodium, something big companies usually do. Ross and I have decided not to use plating anymore. It is too toxic and not permanent either.