- Always store individual items in boxes, drawers, soft cloth or ziplock bags. Before you put your silver plated jewelry items away, make sure they are completely free of moisture. Exposure to air and moisture is what causes silver to tarnish, so always store silver plated jewelry in a cool, dry place.
- Do not expose to extreme temperatures and moisture.
- Keep all jewellery away from water and take jewellery off when swimming of showering.
- Protect when using perfume or hair spray.
- Natural body oil or lotions can damage your jewellery, wipe off after use
- Accessorize as your final step when dressing.
- Do not use detergents, harsh chemicals or jewellery cleaners.
- Do not wear jewellery when doing household tasks.
How to clean my silver-plated jewellery?
Silver-plated jewellery is attractive and lustrous, but over time it tends to lose its luster and become tarnished. This happens when the silver reacts with moisture and air leading it to oxidize. To restore the piece to its original shine, the jewelry needs to be properly cleaned and taken care of.
Silver-plate refers to a thin layer of silver that has been coated onto a base metal to make it appear like solid silver. Unlike silver, cleaning silver-plated jewelry requires more care as the plating has potential to get damaged, exposing the metal underneath.
Here are some ways you can get rid of the tarnish and restore the silver-plated pieces back to their former glory, without damaging the silver-plate.
- Line a glass bowl with aluminum foil for this method. Make sure the shiny side of the aluminum foil faces upwards.
- Add equal parts of baking soda and salt (roughly around 1 tablespoon each) to the bowl.
- Add sufficient hot water into the bowl to dissolve the powders.
- Submerge your silver-plated jewelry in the solution and leave it for several minutes. If required, add more water so that the jewelry is properly submerged.
- You will notice black and yellow flakes floating away from the jewelry. This is the sulfur, which is what causes the oxidization in the silver, getting attracted to the foil and breaking away from the surfaces of the jewelry.
- When you feel the tarnish has mostly come off the silver, take the pieces out and rub with a lint-free cloth or a paper towel.
- Rinse the silver-plated items in warm running water and dry thoroughly with a lint-free cloth.
What to do if you pendant cage opens?
If the pendant cage happens to open by it self you can tighten the clasp latch with a sharp-nose plier. Use the sharp-nose plier to clamp the clasp latch tight as shown in the example below.