Sterling Silver Jewelry Care

Sterling Silver Jewelry Care

To preserve the plating of your sterling silver jewelry, avoid exposure to household cleaning products, bleach and other strong chemicals. We recommend that you store your silver jewelry in zip lock or airtight container for safekeeping. 

  1. Regular Cleaning: Gently clean your jewelry with a soft, lint-free cloth. Avoid using paper towels or tissue paper as they can scratch the surface. For a deeper clean, use a mild soap with warm water and a soft brush, but be gentle to avoid scratching.

  2. Avoid Chemicals: Keep your jewelry away from chemicals such as chlorine, bleach, ammonia, and harsh detergents. These can damage both the sterling silver and the rhodium plating. Always remove your jewelry before using cleaning products.

  3. Wear with Care: Avoid wearing your jewelry during activities that may cause excessive sweating or expose it to rough conditions, like during sports or heavy labor. Sweat can tarnish the silver and potentially damage the rhodium plating.

  4. Store Properly: Store your rhodium-plated sterling silver jewelry in a cool, dry place, ideally in a tarnish-resistant cloth or bag. Keeping it separate from other jewelry can prevent scratches and tarnish.

  5. Avoid Water and Moisture: While rhodium plating provides some protection against tarnishing, it’s still best to remove your jewelry before showering, swimming, or in humid conditions. Prolonged exposure to water can weaken the plating.

  6. Minimize Contact with Cosmetics: Apply makeup, hairspray, perfumes, and lotions before putting on your jewelry. These products can contain chemicals that may damage the surface of the silver and the rhodium plating.

  7. Professional Care: If your jewelry requires repairs or re-plating, take it to a professional jeweler who is experienced with rhodium plating on sterling silver.

  8. Avoid Ultrasonic Cleaners: While these are great for many types of jewelry, they can sometimes damage the rhodium plating on sterling silver. It's best to clean rhodium-plated silver manually.