So, I hear that you have just purchased (or are at least expecting) a new Sterling Silver Kaylee Jackson jewelry?! Or are you only here for a morning stroll around the Blog section?
In any case, you’re already here, and you are probably looking for tips on how you can take good care of your newly acquired treasure and have it last a lifetime — and if I may say so, you came to the right place!
Today, we at Kaylee Jackson are going to teach you how you can properly care for and handle your precious Sterling Silver jewelry… but first, let’s have a little trivia: what is Sterling Silver?
What is Sterling Silver?
Ever wonder why they call it Sterling Silver, and not just plain silver? That’s because Sterling Silver jewelry is not made of the pure element alone. It’s practically impossible for anyone to acquire 99.9% pure silver jewelry because of its malleability — the element itself will be too soft and therefore prone to deformation.
So, the next time someone brags to you about their “pure silver jewelry”, have them think things all over again (and maybe ask them to fact check their statements before making a fool of themselves).
That 925 stamp you usually see on your jewelry is the mark of an authentic Sterling Silver. It only means that the metal is 92.5% pure silver mixed with copper; the other 7.5% can be a mixture of other metals that would add to the jewelry’s overall strength and durability.
Tarnishing — Sterling Silver’s Worst Enemy
So, you think your Sterling Silver jewelry is at its best state? Think again!
You might have noticed that your jewelry is a little darker than when you first got it — that’s what is called tarnishing, and it is the result of oxygen molecules from the air and water coming into contact with silver elements. This is an inevitable process — it is bound to happen to your jewelry eventually, although there is a way to slow down the process.
Sterling Silver is fine when wet with pure water, though; however, you must know that most of the water that are running on our taps are lined with a variety of impurities and chemicals that are invisible to the human eye and cannot even be distinguished by taste. Prolonged exposure to these will undoubtedly result to an accelerated tarnishing.
It just goes to show that dry jewelry is best jewelry.
Caring For Your Sterling Silver Jewelry
Now, let’s get straight to the point. Do you wish for your Sterling Silver jewelry to be passed onto future generations? Then take extremely good care of it! Here’s how:
Now that we know that oxygen and moisture are a danger to Sterling Silver jewelry, it is only right for you to learn how to properly store your Sterling Silver jewelry. Place them in jewelry boxes with silica gel (which can absorb moisture in a small, enclosed space). If these items are unavailable, store your jewelry in places with low humidity and far away from moist areas such as the bathroom and kitchen sink.
There may be cases wherein your Sterling Silver jewelry will get soaked in (if not sprinkled with) water; if this happens, make sure to thoroughly dry your jewelry with a clean towel (more on this below).
Although Sterling Silver is not entirely pure, it is still prone to scratches and marks. As previously stated, you can use towels to dry your jewelry, but make sure to use ones made with soft material — the same ones that you would use to clean eyeglasses or phone screens to prevent making scratch marks.
According to a post by Snow’s Jewelry,
“Another quick and easy way to clean your sterling silver jewelry is to submerge it in boiling water with baking soda and aluminum foil. Use a container in which your jewelry fits with enough room to be stirred. Start with a tablespoon of baking soda and a few half inch squares of foil. Add the boiling water and stir with a plastic or wooden utensil. If you notice a smell similar to rotten eggs, then it’s working. Make sure that the foil touches all parts of your jewelry so that the tarnish will adhere to it and not your jewelry. Once your jewelry is shiny again, rinse it with clean, cool water.”
Another article by Roma Designer Jewelry outlined a few tips on how you can properly clean your jewelry:
- Use a special non-abrasive cloth to avoid scratching.
- Move to a new section of the cloth regularly.
- Avoid areas that are intentionally oxidized as part of the design.
- Do not rub in a circular pattern – follow the grain of the silver.
Did you know that you can delay your Sterling Silver jewelry’s tarnishing by taking and wearing it with you all the time? YES! You’re not only making yourself look more beautiful and elegant, but you’re also preventing your jewelry from wearing down all too soon! That is because the skin’s natural oils act as a protective barrier against moisture particles and oxygen molecules. Of course, we know that you should not allow your precious babies to get wet, so make sure to remove them when you participate in activities such as swimming, cooking and applying makeup or lotion.
And with the specially beautiful and elegantly refined Kaylee Jackson Sterling Silver jewelry, you are sure to dazzle and stun each and every one of your audiences!
Sterling Silver Jewelry by Kaylee Jackson
Yep, we get it: gold jewelry can be a bit boring to some (we don’t mean to offend, though!); nowadays we are seeing it almost everywhere we look. It’s not like the sterling silver is any different, though. It’s just that it can provide a sense of refreshment, and the simple yet elegant silver undoubtedly looks good on any outfit, too!
That is exactly why it is important for you to take proper care of your Sterling Silver jewelry — new or old. Even the simplest things such as wearing them often can help bring out the best of its luster and prevent its beauty from dying in an accelerated rate. If you must take away something from this post, it’s that oxygen and moisture are the two things that you should never let near your Sterling Silver jewelry. If you want it to last a lifetime and be passed down to future generations, invest your time and effort in it now and do whatever it takes to preserve its beauty and elegance.
If you or any special person has a thing for silver, check out our huge collection of the most beautiful sterling silver jewelry by clicking on this link HERE.