Care and feeding of your jewelry
Sterling silver and fine silver will tarnish over time, and may tarnish at different rates based on the wearer’s body chemistry. Luckily, silver is easy to clean. Clean silver jewelry can be stored with an anti-tarnish tab (included in every order) which will help prevent tarnish for months.
To clean your silver jewelry:
- Dish soap and water can remove any build up on your silver, but will not effectively remove tarnish. Follow up with a gentle silver cleaning solution or silver cleaning cloth to polish and shine.
- A silver cleaning solution (we love Hagerty’s Silver Foam) will clean and remove tarnish and should be safe for gemstones (read instructions to be sure). If you are concerned with residue, rinse with dish soap and water after polishing.
- A solution of hot water and baking soda can remove tough tarnish. Line a glass bowl with aluminum foil, then add hot (but not boiling) water and some baking soda. Add your jewelry. You’ll get a satisfying fizz, and should see noticeably cleaner jewelry. Follow up with a polishing cloth to fully restore shine.
- Silver cleaning cloths are inexpensive and a great option for chains, especially chains with pearls which are sensitive to cleaners (many chemical cleaners can strip the natural coating of the pearls) – gently pull the chain through the cloth and you’ll notice a difference right away.
A quick Google search will turn up a number of DIY at-home tricks for removing tarnish including using toothpaste; toothpaste will remove tarnish, but note that a paste with abrasives can mar the surface of some silver. In a pinch, toothpaste is a simple and effective option.
Swim or bathe in your jewelry at your own risk, and use caution if choosing to sleep wearing it. Seashore Design Studio does not recommend wearing your jewelry to bathe or sleep, and chlorinated water can affect silver; some people find that showering in their silver jewelry keeps it cleaner!
Especially if wearing your jewelry where children will be handling it, be sure to inspect it on a regular basis.
Care for copper jewelry
At Seashore Design Studio, we sometimes utilize copper for an affordable and welcome pop of warmth in a design. Copper is prone to developing a natural patina, which like tarnish, may develop at different rates depending on the body chemistry of the wearer, humidity, and other variables. Luckily, copper can be cleaned very much like silver can, to restore it to it’s original shine. A polishing cloth can be used to remove some of the patina for an interesting depth effect, or it’s perfectly okay to let the copper shift and change and enjoy it’s natural variations.
Seashore Design Studio’s handmade silver jewelry is heirloom quality, and your fine silver centerpieces should last for years to come. Sterling silver chains and fine silver centerpieces are built to last. We wire carefully making every effort to create a safe and strong piece, and all of our chain links are soldered closed – we don’t use open chain or jump rings. That being said, natural wear and tear can occur on anything. Sometimes a fault in metal will cause an otherwise strong piece of chain to break.