Caring for your silver jewellery

With the proper care and attention your WMM sterling silver jewellery should last a lifetime.

Here are a few tips to point you in the right direction for optimising the condition of your sterling silver jewellery.

1. All silver will tarnish if left exposed to the air and unworn. Storing your jewellery in tarnish prevention cloths or the velvet pouches provided when purchased will help keep them in pristine condition.

2. If your silver jewellery needs a little polishing, use a good silver cloth to buff it up in the first instance. Heavily tarnished silver can be cleaned by dipping it into a silver dip solution for a few seconds. Prolonged dipping will result in any oxidised features being cleaned of their colour too and a dulling of the silver itself, so it’s best to be a little cautious. Rinse in clean water and buff up with a soft cloth.

3. Silver jewellery with gems or pearls should NOT be cleaned in a silver dip solution – use very mild soapy water only and buff with a soft cloth.

4. Cleaning agents and bleaches, deodorant sprays, hair dyes, perfumes and swimming pool water are damaging to the colour of silver and may leave a patina on the surface. It’s therefore advisable to take jewellery off at night or when showering, swimming or using cleaning products to avoid any disappointing marks.