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Jewellery Care

5 easy ways to care for your jewellery and keep it looking shiny!

 

We've all got pieces of silver jewellery which we no longer wear as over time they have become tarnished. Tarnishing can be hard to avoid, as it is often caused by simply reacting with the oxygen and sulphur in the air we breath, but here are a few easy ways to try and prevent it!
 
1. Storing it 
By storing your jewellery in an airtight bag or container, you will reduce the contact it has with the air. It seems obvious, but this is one of the most missed tips to keeping your jewellery looking fresh! You can also add a couple of those bags of silica to reduce any moisture in your jewellery box.

 
2. Wearing it
Believe it or not, the oils in our skin actually help to protect our jewellery against tarnish! So when it's not tucked away in it's airtight container, be sure to wear it for every occasion! 

 
3. When not to wear it
Sterling Silver will also react with the oxygen and chlorine in water. So it's advisable to take it off before showering or bathing, and especially if you're going swimming.
The chemicals found in perfumes, moisturisers and make up are also not your jewellery's friend, so make putting your jewellery on the last part of your routine.

 
4. Cleaning it
Before storing, you should clean your jewellery. This can simply be done with warm soapy water, and then dried thoroughly. 

5. Removing tarnish
If you find your jewellery is still tarnishing, or you just want to give it an extra sparkle, you can mix 2 tbsp of bicarbonate of soda with about 120ml of white vinegar. Be ready for some fizzing! Pop your jewellery in this mix for two to three hours to give your jewellery a new lease of life!

Alternatively, you can ignore the above, and just send me an email when you've got a batch that needs shining up, and I can do it for you! WINNER!

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