Silver has captivated the senses for millennia. With its icy beauty, its reflection of the moon, and its unending sense of mystery, there’s little wonder why women seeking jewellery to beguile and beautify turn to this precious metal time and time again.
It’s worth remembering that most silver jewellery is not made of pure silver - this would be far too soft and prone to damage to be worth treasuring. Instead, the majority of silver jewellery is made from an alloy, composed of 925 parts pure silver to 75 parts of alloy metals, the most prevalent of which is copper. 935 argentium silver is stronger and more durable with 935 parts pure silver to 65 parts alloy. Despite this harder composition, all Smykke silver jewellery still requires real care, love, and attention in order to keep it looking beautiful, and to ensure that you feel a sense of liberation and elegance whenever you wear it.
Here are five ways to keep your silver jewellery looking at its best:
Silver, like most decorative and precious metals, is susceptible to corrosion and tarnish. As such, it’s a good idea to put on your silver jewellery after you’ve applied makeup, perfume, and hairspray - all of these substances can contain chemicals which can damage your jewellery.
Silver, just like gold, is no friend of chlorine. As such, it’s best to remove your jewellery before you visit the pool or spa. Also, make sure you take off your jewellery items before using household cleaning products, too.
Silver may put us in mind of the tempestuous ocean and the moon and stars reflecting off the waves. However, saltwater is also prone to corroding silver, so sea bathing while wearing silver jewellery isn’t recommended, either. The same goes for sunbathing - direct sunlight will quickly dampen the silver’s lustre and shine.
Make sure you keep your silver jewellery in a jewellery box or velvet pouch when you aren’t wearing it. Not only will this help protect it from being knocked and scratched, it will also ensure your jewellery is kept out of direct sunlight or away from extremes of temperature.
Your silver jewellery will require regular careful cleaning, in order to keep it shining beautifully and providing you with that unique sense of confidence and grace. Here’s how to do it properly:
Silver jewellery which is not adorned with gemstones can be washed in warm water with a little detergent-free soap mixed into it. Leave it to soak for an hour or two, then gently wash with a soft cloth. Please don’t use paper towels, as these commonly scratch silver!
If you want to bring an extra shine to your silver jewellery, you can buy specialist silver polishing cloths which have been infused with special silver cleaning solutions.