Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Shiny Happy People!

There are two types of people in the world: Those who wear silver jewelry and those who wear gold. I happened to be one of the few who love the silver/gold combo. One of my prized bracelets is the Eden Cape Cod bracelet, sporting a silver band with one gold ball in the middle (which is screwed on!)- I love it!

Recently, a co-worker requested a blog about keeping silver jewelry shiny. It's no easy task, especially if you leave your silver out in the open air; it will likely tarnish because of oxidation. So, what's my trick?
  1. Keep your silver covered once it's been polished. I have small cotton pouches that I keep silver pieces in, and then store them in my jewelry box. It really does preserve the silver for a longer period of time.
  2. Invest in good silver polish. I happen to like Restoration Hardware's- but it's hard to find online. I had to go to the store and search around their furniture section to find it.
  3. Remember to rinse your silver in warm water before cleaning; It helps remove some of the tarnish!
  4. Once you rub the silver polish on your piece (using either a soft cotton cloth or sometimes silver polish comes with a mini sponge- Wright's silver polish does!), remember to rinse the piece in warm water again. I even use a little ivory soap to clean if off really well.
  5. Pat dry with paper towels, and make sure to let it dry completely before wearing again. You don't want any residue to rub off on clothes or skin.
Result: Shiny Happy People!

1 comment:

  1. I can still remember you helping me polish some of my silver jewelry when we lived together. You rock! Good reminder to keep silver in little bags. Lisa