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A complete guide to caring for your sterling silver jewellery by Gaia

Updated: Oct 10, 2021

Welcome to the complete guide to caring for your sterling silver jewellery by Gaia. Here you will find some handy tips about how to care for your sterling silver jewellery to prevent scratching, damage, tarnishing and how to clean your sterling silver jewellery.

With time, any sterling silver jewellery piece that is exposed to air will tarnish.

All of Gaia's Nature Inspired Jewellery is made from sterling silver S925, which is a mixture of metals with at least 92.5% silver and 7.5% other metals (such as copper).

Cleaning your Jewellery

  • To take care of your sterling silver jewellery, polish it frequently with a soft dry cloth to avoid tarnish (do not use silver dip).

  • Ideally, use the specially impregnated silver polishing cloth included with your jewellery.

  • Chemicals in make-up, hair spray, perfume and moisturiser can also affect the beauty and shine of your jewellery, so put on your jewellery after applying any beauty products.

Sterling silver hummingbird ring gold stem woodland background
Hummingbird Ring

Gaia Top Tips

  • Remove your jewellery when doing any cleaning, playing sport or other strenuous activities in order to avoid scratches.

  • Silver tarnishes faster in areas with high humidity and air pollution.

  • Remove jewellery before bathing, showering or swimming as water and chemicals (especially chlorine) can affect the longevity of the gold plate or encourage silver to tarnish.

  • Extreme temperatures and strong UV rays can cause jewellery, especially plated jewellery, to fade in colour and lose its original beauty, whilst sand can damage its surface.

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Courting Birds Sterling Silver Bangle

Storing your Sterling Silver Jewellery

  • Look after your unworn jewellery by storing items in separate containers to avoid tangling and scratching.

  • It's best to store silver in individual, air-tight bags with anti-tarnish properties such as acid-free paper to avoid condensation which may harm the metal.

  • These types of bags keep air exposure out and keep the shininess and brilliance intact.

Thank you for reading the complete guide on how to take care of your sterling silver jewellery by Gaia. Please look around our shop to find some quirky sterling silver nature-inspired jewellery pieces to add to your collection.

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