Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Looking After Your Silver

The silver jewellery on sale at Essential is genuine 925 silver; 92.5% pure silver mixed with 7.5% of alloy metal (usually copper). As a soft metal, silver needs a bit of tender love and care. Read on for our tips on how to keep your silver looking brand shiny new.


On exposure to air a black layer of silver oxide can form on silver jewellery, causing it to turn yellow or black in colour. But don’t panic, as this is perfectly normal and the jewellery can be cleaned to restore it to its original brightness. If you wear your silver every day, the less likely it is to discolour or tarnish, but if you don’t, it’s best to store it in a plastic bag or a box when you’re not wearing it which will help to stop it tarnishing.