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Taking Care of your Jewellery this Summer

Aug 03, 2023 – Posted in: Style Journal

Summer is the perfect time to showcase your favorite jewellery pieces. However, when it comes to wearing sterling silver jewellery in water during the hot summer months, there are important considerations to keep in mind. Below, we'll explore the impact of water on sterling silver jewellery & the ultimate tips for caring for your jewellery during the hot summer months.

The Impact of Water on Sterling Silver

Sterling silver jewellery consists of 92.5% pure silver and 7.5% other metals, such as copper, to increase its durability and strength. While it is a durable metal, water exposure can lead to tarnishing and corrosion over time. Factors like chlorine, saltwater, and even sweat can accelerate this process. Therefore, it's essential to understand how to protect your jewellery to ensure it remains beautiful for years to come.

Activities to Avoid Wearing your Jewellery

A. Swimming Pools

Chlorine and other pool chemicals can cause significant damage to sterling silver jewellery. Avoid wearing your silver pieces while swimming in pools to prevent accelerated tarnishing and potential discolouration. While wearing your jewellery in water once or twice won't cause immediate tarnishing, repeated exposure can accelerate this process, leading to a duller appearance.

B. Saltwater Activities

The high salt content in seawater can be harsh on silver, leading to corrosion and pitting. Refrain from wearing your sterling silver jewellery when swimming in the sea or engaging in ocean-based water sports.

Tips for Caring for Your Jewellery in Summer

1. Rinse After Water Activities

If your sterling silver jewellery does come into contact with water, whether it's from a dip in the pool or the ocean, rinse it thoroughly with freshwater afterward. This helps remove any potential salt or chlorine residues that could contribute to tarnishing.

2. Store with Care

When you're not wearing your jewellery, store it in a dry, cool place, away from direct sunlight. Consider using our anti-tarnish pouches or cloth to further protect your precious pieces!

3. Apply Last, Remove First

Apply sunscreen, lotions, and perfumes before putting on your jewellery. This prevents any potential chemical reactions that might occur between the products and your jewellery.

4. Limit Prolonged Exposure

While it's safe to enjoy your sterling silver jewellery in the water occasionally, it's best to avoid prolonged exposure. After all, we want to savor the beauty of our jewellery for many summers to come!

Regular Maintenance

1. Gentle Cleaning

If your jewellery does come into contact with water, gently clean it with a soft cloth to remove any residues and moisture. Avoid using harsh chemicals or abrasive materials, as they can damage the surface of the silver.

2. Professional Cleaning

Periodically, have your sterling silver jewellery professionally cleaned and polished by our production team to maintain its lustrous appearance for years to come!

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