Silver is a great long lasting choice for jewellery that will withstand any adventure. While silver is an alloy containing metals that react with chemicals found in air and produce tarnish, that does not effect the quality of the jewellery. Simply polishing your piece can bring it back to its original beauty. Do reduce tarnishing you can also avoid high moisture levels, exposure to sunlight and contaminants such as salt water which can increase this reaction. The following are some suggested care tips for sterling silver jewellery.
#1 Wear your jewellery often.
To avoid tarnish on your silver jewellery, the best thing you can do is wear it as often as you can. Silver is a great choice for jewellery that you want to wear everyday.
#2 Store in a felt lined jewellery box or fabric bag.
The felt helps wick away moisture, creating a nice dry environment for your silver jewellery. You can also use a fabric jewellery bag or pouch. If you don't have either of these, a zip lock bag works too. Try adding a tarnish strip to any of these choices for extra protection.
#3 Avoid contact with lotion or perfume.
When applying lotion or perfume avoid the area where you are wearing your sterling silver jewellery or remove before applying.
#4 Polish with a polishing cloth.
Rather than waiting till your jewellery is very tarnished, consider regular polishing with a polishing cloth like the sunshine cloth. This can reduce the amount of time needed for polishing in the long term. Keep the cloth in your jewellery box so you can give your jewellery a quick polish as you are putting them on or taking them off for the day.