Sara Golden Jewelry

Tarnish

Taking Care of Your Sterling Silver

Jewelry CareSara GoldenComment
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Sterling silver is a classic metal, and a matte finish makes it feel well-worn and well-loved. I’ve been using it more and more lately (have you spotted it in the Starscape Collection?), and love that solid, un-plated sterling silver is pretty easy to keep clean, too. 

Looking to freshen up your silver jewelry? Try these tips:

  1. If it has a matte finish, lightly polish it with fine steel wool using circular motions. The steel wool mimics that matte finish while removing tarnish.

  2. If it has a shiny finish, use a polishing cloth (my personal favorite is this Sunshine cloth). Stones don’t like polishing cloths, though, so cover them up with your finger while you use the cloth.

  3. To get into nooks and crannies, scrub it with a soft toothbrush and warm, soapy water. Always be sure to dry it well, because any wet spots will leave splotches.

  4. Take off your jewelry before doing any household cleaning. Those chemicals can quickly tarnish the metal and harm any stones.

  5. Wear it often. The natural chemicals in your skin actually help to keep it cleaner than when it’s stowed away.

Some pieces in the shop are plated sterling silver, so be sure you know the difference before you start scrubbing!

Any questions? Shoot me an email (sara@saragolden.com), I’m always happy to chat jewelry!

PERFUME AND JEWELRY

Jewelry CareSara Golden
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I can’t live without perfume, but the chemicals in it can cause jewelry to tarnish faster than usual. Disaster! Here are some tips to prevent that from happening:

1

Put on your jewelry on after you’ve put on perfume, once it’s had a chance to dry. That’s especially true for anything with pearls — they’re especially sensitive and eagerly absorb any chemicals they rub up against.

2

If you wear necklaces a lot, you might want to avoid perfume at the base of your neck where they’ll come into contact. Instead, spray a brush with perfume before combing. Don’t apply perfume directly to your hair, it tends to dry hair out.

3

Instead of applying perfume to your wrists where bracelets and watches are, try applying it to the inside of your elbow. Because it’s a pulse point just like your wrists, your body naturally amplifies the scent of perfume there.

Go forth and smell amazing.