Sterling Silver - The "Other" Precious Metal

Written by Antigone Arthur

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  • Sterling silver jewelry should be stored in a cool dry place to reduce environmental damage.
  • Consider keeping each piece in an individual cloth pouch to prevent scratching.
  • Use a jewelry cleaner or polishing solution at least once a month to cleanrepparttar surface of silver jewelry to help maintain its luster.
  • Use a soft cloth to clean silver; never use a toothbrush or other abrasive material that might result in scratching.
  • Clean silver atrepparttar 145970 first signs of tarnishing, when a yellowish tint appears onrepparttar 145971 jewelry. If you wait untilrepparttar 145972 silver has turned black, you'll have to scrub harder and may damagerepparttar 145973 shine onrepparttar 145974 jewelry.
  • Consider using chemical dipping agents which clean jewelry without scrubbing.
  • Avoid cleaners that contain ammonia which can also turn silver jewelry black, consider soapy water instead.

Sterling silver is a popular item in part because it is more reflective than many precious metals. Proper care will ensure that silver jewelry remains beautiful for years to come. If you have other items inrepparttar 145975 house made of silver, such as silver wear or other household items, always use a cleaner or dip specifically designed to clean silver metal. Never put these items in a dishwasher, because you will scratchrepparttar 145976 surface and cause irreparable damage.

Purchasing Silver

When buying silver jewelry, you should be prepared to take your time to select quality pieces, just as you would if selecting a more expensive jewelry item. Young consumers are often attracted to sterling silver jewelry because it is so affordable and beautiful. Sterling silver also comes in many contemporary and modern designs which are appealing to young consumers.

So what should you look for when shopping? First and foremost always checkrepparttar 145977 interior forrepparttar 145978 925 mark, to ensure that you are purchasing premium sterling silver rather than sterling silver plating. Keep in mind thatrepparttar 145979 more purerepparttar 145980 silver,repparttar 145981 more soft and likely that a piece will scratch, so don't go for anything more pure than sterling silver.

If you are looking to buy many different pieces, you might consider buying wholesale silver jewelry online. By doing so you'll be able to buy in bulk, and acquire large amounts of silver jewelry at inexpensive prices. Many jewelers and home business owners get intorepparttar 145982 habit of buying wholesale silver jewelry online because they can re-sellrepparttar 145983 merchandise at a higher price. There are hundreds of pieces to choose from, and you might even find a collection with a certain theme that appeals to you orrepparttar 145984 people you might be selling to.

Whey buying for yourself you should ensure you know what size jewelry you need if buying a ring. You might consider buying complete sets that include ring, bracelet and charm. Sets are very popular options for consumers purchasing sterling silver jewelry.

Silver is an exceptional choice for consumers looking for fine jewelry that is precious, attractive and inexpensive. Fromrepparttar 145985 dawn of time, mankind has invested in silver for practical and aesthetic purposes. If you haven't already, I highly recommend investing in a little silver.

Antigone Arthur is an award-winning author and freelance writer providing consumer information on such topics as silver necklaces, sterling silver charms, and engagement rings.

Sterling Silver Jewelry Exposed

Written by Sam Serio

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1. Thoroughly rubrepparttar sterling with a good silver cleaner & toothpaste, on a clean dry cloth dipped in baking soda; use a clean soft toothbrush for holes and crevices. Finally, rinse well and lightly towel-dry.

2. One old fashioned method for quick-cleaning is to rub dry ashes over silver.

3. A more modern approach is to purchase a chemical cleaner, impregnated jewelry cloth; that you should store in a Ziploc bag and keep near your jewelry storage box so that you use it frequently.

For cleaning badly tarnished silver, here’s a neat little trick

1.)Coverrepparttar 145919 inside bottom of a heat-proof glass dish on bowl with a piece of aluminum foil, shiny side up. 2.)Placerepparttar 145920 tarnished silver inrepparttar 145921 bottom ofrepparttar 145922 dish, contactingrepparttar 145923 aluminum foil. 3.)Add 1 heaping tablespoon of baking soda, and then slowly pour boiling water to coverrepparttar 145924 piece. The tarnish will gradually collect onrepparttar 145925 aluminum foil. 4.)Remove your silver, rinse thoroughly, and polish.

Please note: This is a good time to mention that there is a difference between polishing and cleaning. To polish means to make your jewelry brighten with a glossy finish. A jewelry polish can be used for added brilliance after a thorough cleaning (followrepparttar 145926 directions on label.) A routine rubbing with a polishing cloth keeps your sterling silver jewelry looking great.


The Authors of the above Article, Sam and Tami Serio have been passionately involved with Jewelry and Gemstones for over fifteen-years. You are cordially invited to visit for a wealth of information about the fascinating world of Jewelry and Gemstones. Together they also shelter 20 abandoned and abused dogs & cats. A portion of their profits goes to the care and feeding of the animals.

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