Silver is a little different from gold when it comes to care. Instead of just dirt and grime, it can also tarnish. For store-bought options, there are polishing cloths and tarnish removers. We have come across many “home remedies” to care for silver over the years, but as of yet, not found anything as effective and consistent as the commercially available options. Polishing cloths are typically used to bring back shine and luster to silver and help prevent tarnishing.
Silver dip cleaner, also sometimes called tarnish remover, is typically used when silver begins to get a yellowish, grey or dark tint to it, which can signify tarnishing. PLEASE NOTE: many stones, especially pearls and opals should NOT be submerged in silver dip cleaner. It will damage the stone, usually irreparably. It is usually best to look up information on your particular stones before cleaning them. For more information on how to clean pearl and opal jewelry, click here. Natural, genuine diamonds are typically not affected by cleaners and are generally safe to clean.
When using silver dip cleaner, you submerge or dip the piece into the cleaner and leave it there for 10 seconds to a max of 2 minutes. When you remove the piece from the cleaner, immediately rinse it with cool, clear water and dry with a soft cloth, such as a microfiber cloth. You may then rub the piece down with the polishing cloth for a finishing touch! We recommend avoiding harsh chemicals or chlorine as they can excessively tarnish and often damage silver items.
For damaged or excessively tarnished silver, it is sometimes recommended to have the piece polished by a jeweler. This would typically include checking stones and prongs for security as well ass a general cleaning.