Caring for Silver Jewellery

Silver Jewellery at Impressive Memories

Silver Jewellery made at Impressive Memories

All silver jewellery at Impressive Memories is made from Sterling Silver, this is also known as .925 silver, and is the strongest form of silver available, but silver is still a relatively soft metal. Your jewellery is kiln fired, work-hardened and professionally polished to provide the strongest metal surface possible. Your charm will only have my Edinburgh Assay Hallmark on it if legally required. 

Wearing your jewellery

Once you begin wearing jewellery different external forces will of course come into contact with the sterling silver. This will vary from one person to another. Any force harder than .925 silver has the potential to scratch or dent your jewellery surface. Chemicals and lifestyles also impact our jewellery. Our hormone levels and the food we eat all alter our skin which in turn makes us more, or less, prone to tarnishing. 

Possible causes of damage

  • Other jewellery hitting against your charm
  • Clothing/buttons
  • Zips
  • Chemicals
  • Detergents
  • Perfume
  • Makeup/lotions etc
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Wearing jewellery in the bath/shower
  • Swimming
  • Not removing jewellery at bedtime
  • Not cleaning and protecting your jewellery

Why polish silver?

Polishing your jewellery will help to maintain the shine and lustre of your impressive jewellery.

Polishing silver will remove & slow down the natural tarnishing process. Using a polishing cloth with added anti-tarnish will give your jewellery added protection. Keeping the surface metal polished & protected will also mean your jewellery stays shiny too!

The amount of polishing that silver needs will depend on the individual person and their lifestyle.  

What happens after silver is scratched, dented or damaged? 

When we damage, dent or scratch our jewellery this exposes the surface metal which exposes the unprotected silver and it will tarnish (blacken) more quickly, as it is being exposed to oxygen and doesn’t have the protection to slow down the natural process. This darkening makes the damage more noticeable.

Storing Silver 

If you are not wearing your jewellery keep it in a safe place. Tarnishing will occur during this time too - don't be alarmed if you open your jewellery and it is dark or discoloured. 

How do I remove tarnish?

I have a blog on my website to help with cleaning and caring for your silver jewellery - click the button below to find out more.

Removing the visible tarnish on your charm might help minimise any visual damage that’s already occurred and prevent/slow down further damage.

Caring for your jewellery going forward…

Avoid the suggested possible causes above, clean and polish your jewellery regularly and enjoy your Impressive Memories. 

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