MIMOSA Handcrafted Sterling Silver Jewelry

How to Clean Sterling Silver Jewelry — MIMOSA Handcrafted's Guide to Keeping Your Sterling Silver Sparkling

Jewelry is often much more than just an accessory. It is a declaration of style, a cherished memory, a family heirloom, or a token of love. That is why we at MIMOSA Handcrafted believe in the importance of maintaining your sterling silver jewelry pieces. Regular maintenance preserves the beauty and luster of your pieces and honors the personal connections or reasons why you chose them to add to your wardrobe in the first place. 

In this guide, we provide detailed instructions on how to clean sterling silver jewelry, a crucial part of caring for your cherished pieces, so you can enjoy them for years to come!

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Why Sterling Silver Jewelry Needs Regular Care

Sterling silver is a popular metal for jewelry due to its durability and beautiful shine. It's an alloy composed of 92.5% pure silver and 7.5% other metals, usually copper. However, exposure to air and moisture can lead to tarnishing or a dulling effect that makes your jewelry lose its initial sparkle.

Tarnish, or silver sulfide, happens when silver reacts with sulfur compounds in the air. It's a natural process, but it can be extremely frustrating when you’re ready to wear your favorite necklace or ring and notice it looks a little more brown than it used to. 

The good news is that tarnish on sterling silver jewelry pieces can be prevented and treated to keep your jewelry looking like new. The more you care for your sterling silver pieces, the longer they will maintain their shine and value, and the more you’ll want to wear them! But how do you clean sterling silver jewelry safely and in a way that will make it sparkle?

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Material Needed for Cleaning Sterling Silver

Before we answer how to clean your sterling silver jewelry, you’ll need to make sure you have the right tools. You can easily find many of the necessary materials for cleaning sterling silver jewelry in your home. Mild soap, warm water, a soft cloth, and a gentle toothbrush are all you need for basic cleaning. 

Be careful to avoid abrasive materials and harsh chemicals, as they can scratch or damage the surface of your sterling silver jewelry. 

If you’re looking for an even quicker tarnish remover, consider our specially designed Cleaning Cloths. Our cleaning cloths gently remove tarnish from your jewelry in one easy step by polishing and buffing them to restore their shine. 

Always remember – if you’re trying to remove more than just tarnish from your sterling silver jewelry, like dirt or buildup from soaps or lotions, gently clean the piece first. Once it’s completely dry, use the cleaning cloth to restore its shine.

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Step-by-Step Guide on How to Clean Sterling Silver Jewelry at Home

When asking how to clean sterling silver jewelry at home, the answer is simpler than you think. Start by gently washing your jewelry with mild soap and warm water. Using a soft cloth or gentle toothbrush, rub the soap onto the jewelry and rinse. The tarnish should wash away to reveal your beautiful jewelry pieces. Pat dry with a soft towel.

For heavily tarnished pieces, use our MIMOSA Handcrafted Cleaning Cloths for a deeper clean and to help prevent future tarnish. Each cloth is treated with a tarnish preventative to ensure your jewelry keeps its shine for longer. Gently rub the white side of the cloth over the tarnished areas until it disappears, then buff it with the black side to prevent future tarnishing.

If your jewelry has gemstones or delicate features, avoid submerging them in water or using chemicals, as this could damage them. Instead, use a dry cloth to gently wipe away dirt and oil, avoiding direct contact with the stone.

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How to Store Sterling Silver Jewelry to Minimize Tarnish

Proper storage is another key to preventing tarnish on your sterling silver pieces. Store your jewelry in a cool, dry place, preferably in individual, air-tight bags, to minimize exposure to air and moisture. Remember, tarnish occurs when sterling silver is exposed to sulfur compounds in the air, so keeping it sealed away will prevent tarnish from occurring. You won’t have to wonder how to clean your sterling silver jewelry when you keep it from tarnishing in the first place!

When to Seek Professional Cleaning for Your Sterling Silver Jewelry

While home cleaning methods can be effective for regular maintenance, there are times when professional cleaning may be necessary. If your jewelry has deep crevices, intricate details, or precious gemstones you're afraid of damaging, it may be best to seek professional help.

At MIMOSA Handcrafted, our skilled professionals have the expertise to restore your sterling silver jewelry to its original brilliance. If you have questions about how to clean your jewelry or would prefer to send it in for a cleaning, please reach out to us at hello@mimosahandcrafted.com or visit our MIMOSA Shoppe in Baton Rouge.

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Jewelry Care Keeps Your Pieces & Memories Going Strong

Properly caring for your sterling silver pieces is not just about maintaining their aesthetic appeal. It's about preserving the memories and emotions intricately linked to these items. By regularly cleaning and correctly storing your sterling silver jewelry, you ensure its longevity and preserve the moments they signify.

Take the time today to give your sterling silver pieces the care they deserve. You'll not only keep them sparkling but also keep the stories they tell alive.

Feeling inspired to add more sterling silver to your collection? We invite you to browse MIMOSA Handcrafted's exquisite range of sterling silver pieces. Let's keep your jewelry and cherished memories sparkling for years to come.


Published 8/29/23; Last Updated 8/29/23

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