We at Arabesque Body Creations & Designs get many questions|
about how to clean silver jewelry.
Nothing is perfect, but based on our experiences, here are some good
(1) Sterling Silver tarnishes from the interaction of silver and
sulfides in the air.
Higher sulfide levels are associated with humidity and air
Remember, the more humid the climate, the faster sterling
On a summer day in Miami Florida ( or Lodgepole Alberta ) all you have to do
walk out the door and the sterling starts turning black very
(2) Sterling silver will polish up by rubbing it with a soft cotton
A chemically treated cloth, like a Jewellers Cloth, makes the job a
(3) Sterling silver dips are fast and easy. However, be careful.
-First, many dips will take the color and polish off many gemstones.
This is why we do not use stones such as Coral, Turquoise, Sodalite &
Mother of Perl.
-Second, when using a dip, if you leave the piece in too long, or
don't rinse it well enough with fresh water, white residues will be
left on the piece when it dries. The residue is difficult to rub or pick off.
When using a silver dip, dip the piece quickly in and out of the
dip ( 10 seconds ). Then immediately rinse it in clean water.
When the piece dries, buff it with a soft cotton cloth or a Jewellers Cloth.
The buffing brings out more of the shine, helps take off any residue left
on the piece, and with a Jewellers Cloth, leaves a little bit of a
protective anti-tarnish coating on the piece to keep it shiny longer.
When using a dip, it is better to do an in-and-out dip, then rinse and
dry, then another quick in-and-out-dip, then rinse and dry, than to
leave the piece in the solution for a long time.