Sterling silver is a blend of the treasured white metal silver which is highly reflective of light. Since silver is too soft to be used in a regular item, most silver jewelry, tea sets, flatware as well as other household utensils are 92.5 percent pure silver compounded by another metal; copper used commonly to make the item even more durable. Nevertheless, sterling silver remains a delicate and fragile metal which can easily tarnish if not cared for properly. Hence, there are specific ways on how to keep your sliver ring clean and polished making it sparkling, shiny loved.
Tips to consider when polishing your silver ring
Polishing a silver ring especially the handmade silver rings can work out well if the tarnishing isn’t too terrible. It is nevertheless the best method for cleansing any oxidized silver ring because it keeps you off the purposely tarnished spots.
Silver has soft texture making it easy to scratch. There is a special silver cloth used to polish silver items, however a microfiber, soft fabric, or any other brushed cloth. Paper towels or tissues should not be used to clean a silver ring or any other jewelry because they contain fibers which can scratch and spoil the silver.
Use an extended back and forth moves when polishing such that the grain of silver is mirrored. You should not rub in circles because this magnifies every tiny scratch. It is also advisable to change frequently to different cloth sections so that the tarnish doesn’t stick back on the silver. Use a toothbrush to reach the tiny and detailed areas.
It’s important to be very careful when it comes to silver-plated rings as well as other items because too much polishing removes plating (but this depends on thickness), at the same time, excessive polishing leaves pieces worse and not pleasing to the eye.
Silver ring polishing at home
If the soft fabric cannot get rid of tarnish, you can also make your silver cleaner. This will be economical and environment-friendly by using the ingredients in your kitchen.
Nevertheless, you need to know that silver cleaners cannot be the same for all types of silver jewelry. For instance, you cannot plunge jewelry beaded with pearls or opaque gemstones such as opal, turquoise, onyx or carnelian because this could severely damage the softer stones. Such pieces need a brief rinsing whenever they are too dirty.
For jewelry with crystal clear gemstones like blue topaz, garnet, or amethyst, be extra careful when using a silver cleaner as the chemical substance could loosen any glue or lodge under the gemstone cobble. Also, remember not to use silver cleaners on oxidized jewelry, always stick to your polishing cloth.
The silver ring or any other item must be thoroughly rinsed with clean running water or a fresh damp cloth after using any cleaner. It is essential to do so mainly for etched or detailed items because polish can stick on the small crevices and harden. You can dry with a microfiber cloth to avoid any whitewater spot stains that may form on your silver item.