Please note, as the vast majority of the jewellery we sell is made of sterling silver, this guide is written in relation to sterling silver only. You can check the individual product descriptions on our website for metal information.
“What is sterling silver?”
Pure silver is a ‘soft’ metal, meaning it is too fragile to craft functional, wearable items such as jewellery. Sterling silver, also known as 925 silver, is made up of 92.5% pure silver and 7.5% other metals (typically copper) making it more durable than pure silver, and is therefore used as standard for manufacturing silver jewellery.
“Can I wear my jewellery all the time?”
You should remove your sterling silver jewellery when:
- Washing hands
- Doing strenuous or heavy work with your hands
Avoid contact with cleaning products, perfumes, lotions, hand sanitiser and chlorine as these can tarnish silver and/or dull gemstones.
Taking the time to care for your sterling silver and gemstone pieces will allow them to stay as beautiful as the day they arrived, for as long as possible.
If you are looking to purchase jewellery that you can wear at all times and never take off (for example, an engagement or wedding ring), we would recommend choosing high quality solid gold pieces over sterling silver. However, this is of course a much more expensive option.
“How should I store my jewellery?”
Do store your jewellery:
- In a lined jewellery box or a soft pouch
- In an air-tight container or pouch if you are not regularly wearing a piece of sterling silver jewellery (this will help to prevent tarnishing)
Don’t store your jewellery:
- In the bathroom (your jewellery will be exposed to too much humidity which could result in tarnishing)
- In bright sunlight (this can dull gemstones)
“Will my jewellery tarnish?”
You may find that sterling silver jewellery can oxidise and ‘tarnish’ over time, which is due to contact with the air. Fortunately this is a minor issue that can be easily solved. The dark tarnish that sits on the surface of the metal can be removed using a silver polishing cloth to reveal super shiny silver underneath.
You can also polish your sterling silver jewellery even when there are no signs of tarnish to keep your pieces looking as sparkly as possible.
Silver polishing cloths can be purchased inexpensively in many places online. We have decided to stock our favourite sterling silver polishing cloth made by Selvyt. Click here to purchase.
“Will your rings turn my fingers green?”
Sterling silver rings probably wont leave a green mark on your fingers. However, contrary to popular belief and although in our experience this is pretty rare, it is possible for sterling silver to leave a green mark on the skin (and this can even happen with gold jewellery). As explained above, sterling silver contains copper, which turns green when it oxidises. It is therefore possible for the copper to react with sweat or other substances on the skin such as lotions or perfumes, leaving a green residue behind.
Some people are much more prone to these green marks than others. If this happens to you, a good tip is to create a barrier between the metal and the skin by coating the inside of your ring with a layer of clear nail polish.