How to Care for Your Silver Jewelry

Silver is such a beautiful metal. What better way to celebrate this beauty than through silver jewelry. However, owning silver jewelry is not as easy as cake. It's not that hard either, but certainly, you have to put in a tiny bit of work to ensure your pieces are as gorgeous as can be. Read more about this at this website .

Here are some of the best tips you can find on silver jewelry care:

> Silver is easily scratched, so always be gentle when cleaning those pieces. Forget about toothpaste. It's made for the hardest part of your body, which is your tooth enamel. It's too abrasive for silver. Visit this link for more details.

> Forget about the hot-water-baking-soda stunt as well. If anything, soaking your silver jewelry in this mixture will only cause the metal to have pits, whether moisture and chemicals end up trapped and causing damage later on.

> Remove tarnish on your silver jewelry by washing it with warm water mixed with one to two drops of gentle dishwashing liquid. This works for prevention too.

> For silver jewelry with pearl or soft gemstones, avoid putting these pieces in water as this can damage the stones' polished surface. Instead, dip a cotton swab in diluted handwashing liquid and spot wipe the silver surfaces only, avoiding the pearl or stones. After cleaning, remove the soap by wiping with a damp cloth or a dry cotton swab.

> Before putting your silver jewelry in its box, after cleaning, put it down on a soft surface and let it dry completely (if possible, leave it there overnight). Moisture fast-tracks the tarnishing process so you have to make sure the jewelry is dry before you store it. If the pieces dry and look dull, polish them using non-abrasive jewelry polishing cloth. Don't use the same cloth you use for your silver jewelry though. Make sure you rub the cloth in straight lines instead of round motions to avoid leaving a pattern.

There are times when the above-mentioned DIY silver-cleaning tips won't work. In that case, just take your pieces to the professional. They will know exactly what to do. Of course, you have to keep in mind that not all jewelers are equal, so don't think they're all good choices. Do a bit of research to find out which shop in your area is most trusted by customers. The more you know about your options, the wiser your choice will be. Read more tips at http://www.ehow.com/how_4472253_buy-jewelry-wholesale.html .