First aid for silver jewellery

If silver gets to live a full life, in sun, water and in touch with your skin, it will tarnish over time. Here are some advice..

lyng silver pendant with petals. designed by norwegian jewlery designer Kaja Gjedebo
Lyng oxidized silver earrings. Designed by norwegian jewellery designer Kaja Gjedebo
goldplated silver ring inspired by nature and leaves. Design by Scandinavian jewelry designer Kaja Gjedebo

All silver will oxidize in contact with sun, oxygen, humidity, water, perfume, salt, the grease on your fingers. Sometimes fast, sometimes slow.

Nothing to do about it...so here is what to do with it!:

FIRST OF ALL

1. Do not shower with your jewelry or leave your silver jewelry in the bathroom.

2. Keep your jewelry out of the sun, preferably in ziplock bags when you´re not using them.

3. If you are lifting weights, doing hard manual labour or digging in the garden; take your rings off as they will scratch.


SILVER:

1: CLEANING

Use and old, soft toothbrush with dishwashing liquid and hot water. Brush it clean. This will take away grease and smut, especially rings with stones need this treatment as the little holes on the back will get clogged up. Dry it properly with a kitchen towel.

2: POLISHING IT UP

If it has tarnished; that means when it has started to get yellow / brown/ black, it is time to use the silver polish.

Matted surfaces: Silver-dip is your friend. Dip if for a few seconds, then rinse in hot water. Dry. Works like magic.

Do not use this if the piece is set with pearls or brittle stones like emerald.

Polished surfaces: If you have a polishing cloth (ask you local goldsmith) you can use that or the creamy silver polish. Use the baby toothbrush to get into all corners.

Follow the instructions on your silver shine product.

PEARLS AND SILVER
Pearls are difficult and delicate little things. They love grease and dislike soap and chemicals like silver dip or silver polish. Now and then: rub them a little on your forehead or against your skin. They love that. But what to do when you have tarnished silver with pearls?
If the silver is shiny, use the silver cloth. If that does not work, cover your pearl with tape and use the silver polish (try to avoid the pearl) or dap silver dip onto the surface with a q-tip, trying to avoid the pearl. Rinse well.

Oxidized silver
Some silver jewelry is black / oxidized from start, this is great, no polishing needed. However, sometimes your fingerprints leave marks, -I use a microfiber cloth to take the greasy prints away, or toothbrush and dishwashing-liquid. Do it as soon as you see the marks. If they are left of very long they can etch into the surface and be harder to get off.
The other problem with oxidized silver is that it rubs off, and suddenly you have silvery edges. Sometimes this just looks cool, but if you want to have them black again you can try this trick:
Remember that you never use silver spoons when eating eggs? -This is why: boil an egg, take out the yellow part and crumble it and put your silver jewelry and yolk in a plastic bag for. The sulphur in the yolk will start to oxidize the silver after a while. Take it out after some hours and check how it works, leave it in until you´re satisfied. Clean well with brush:)

KGD can also re-oxidize it for you, see KGD SPA

Matted surface which has become shiny
When we wear our jewelry, especially rings, we polish them naturally with our skin. Sometimes this can be frustrating when your lovely matted surface suddenly is shiny. A little trick is to use a dishwasher-sponge, you know the one with a sponge on one side and a scotch-brite on the other. That scotch-brite side is perfect for matting the surface. If you want to polish up the edges you can use something which is steel and rounded, like a spoon or the handle of a butterknife.

GOLD-PLATED SILVER

We always use a 24K gold-plating, with a 1 my tickness, but plated jewelry are fragile because of the tiny layer of gold over the silver metal. Rings scratch, bracelets dent, and links rub against each other and wear out, perfume, oils and creams can set off reactions.

1. Wash your hands before putting on or taking off plated jewelry.
2. Put on gold plated earrings after you’ve applied your perfume, lotion and make-up
3. Take off your plated rings or bracelets before chopping tomatoes for dinner, digging in the garden or changing diapers:)
4. Avoid rubbing plated bracelets and necklaces against each other. Try to prevent plated rings from banging into counter tops and rubbing against car keys buried in pockets and purses.
5. Don’t swim in your plated jewelry.
6. Don’t wear your plated jewelry when you’ll be sweating profusely.
7. Clean your plated jewelry gently, and don’t rub it.
8. Store your gold plated jewelry in a pouch or soft cloth separate from other jewelry

You can always have you jewellery re-plated. Just contact us and we can fix it for you in the KGD jewellery Spa