How to Properly Clean Your Sterling Silver Jewelry

July 01, 2021

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When it comes to making sure your silver stays as beautiful as possible, it is crucial to make sure you’re taking care of it in the right way. From your sterling silver anchor necklace to your sterling silver initial bracelet, to even your silver rings with inlaid gemstones, you want to make sure you’re taking care of each and every one of your silver pieces properly to ensure you’re preserving their beauty and integrity. Check out some of these tips for cleaning your silver jewelry to avoid tarnish and make sure they continue to look as beautiful as the day you bought them!

Polish to Perfection

If your silver is looking a little dull, polishing will help take care of some of the less severe tarnish you might be seeing. When polishing, it’s important to take into account what sort of cloth you’re using, as different materials can have widely different impacts on your jewelry. Try cloths made from lint-free flannel, microfiber, or other gentle and non-abrasive materials to ensure you’re leaving your silver and gems scratch-free.

At-Home Cleaning

Of course, when it comes to jewelry, getting professional cleaning is a great option. However, the reality is that costs can often add up, and you should make sure you’re also doing thorough cleanings frequently as a preventative measure. Here are some at-home cleaning solutions that can help prevent tarnishing:

  • Soap and water: While it may seem simple, one of the best ways to prevent tarnish is to make sure you’re regularly cleaning your silver with soap and water. Combine warm water with a few drops of dish soap, and use one of your non-abrasive cloths to clean off any tarnish and bring out the shine.
  • Baking soda and aluminum: Combine one tablespoon of baking soda per one cup of water. Line a dish or tray with aluminum foil, place your jewelry on the foil, and pour the baking soda and water mixture on top. Let the jewelry sit in the solution for around 10 minutes, then remove and rinse with warm water.
  • Baking soda paste: Combine three parts baking soda to one part water to create a paste-like mixture. Apply the paste to your piece of jewelry and rub using a gentle cloth. Use warm water to rinse after rubbing on the mixture.

Shop Sterling Silver Anchor Necklaces, Sterling Silver Initial Bracelets, & More

If you’re interested in purchasing a beautiful piece of sterling silver, check out all of the incredible options on sale at Wellesley Row. We have sterling silver initial bracelets, delicate silver necklaces, and tons of pieces with beautiful charms and gemstones. Check out some of our cleaning and care tips created specifically for our pieces, and get in touch today to purchase your own stunning silver jewelry!


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