Prevention is better than cure! An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. This is certainly true when it comes to Sterling Silver jewelry. The key to tarnish free silver jewelry is prevention. If you can prevent your Sterling Silver pieces from tarnishing too much in the first place, you will save a lot of time and money in cleaning. See prevention tips below.
Wear Your Jewelry
One of the best ways to prevent your Sterling Silver jewelry from tarnishing is by wearing it. You can avoid tarnish by wearing your jewelry often. Wearing your silver jewelry regularly can help to slow down the process of tarnishing as the metal moves against your skin. Your skin’s oils can actually help to keep the jewelry clean and maintain its brilliance.
Keep out of direct sunlight. Sunlight can cause silver to tarnish as well. Avoid exposure to household chemicals, perspiration, rubber, chlorinated water or any substances which contain sulphur. Lotions, cosmetics, hair spray, hair products and perfumes can also be “enemies” of silver and can possibly accelerate tarnishing.
Pure water by itself does not damage Sterling Silver, but most of the water we are exposed to in our daily lives is not purified. Chemicals and contaminants in the water can result in tarnished and dull-looking silver
Know When To Take Off Your Silver Jewelry
Remember to remove your silver jewelry during household chores. Substances with additional sulphur components like cleaners can cause tarnish because the jewelry is exposed while cleaning. Remove your Sterling Silver jewelry when exercising, at the gym, or playing contact sports. Be sure to take off jewelry when in the shower, taking a bath, swimming, or entering hot tubs and saunas. It is a good idea to take off your Sterling Silver jewelry when preparing food, cooking or eating certain foods (some foods contain sulphur). Equally important as knowing when to take off your silver jewelry; knowing when to put it on is just as important. When getting ready for an outing, be sure to put your jewelry on last.