Just as your car and clothes need to be washed and your shoes need to be polished, your jewellery need to be cared for to remain in good condition.
To keep your silver jewellery clean and shiny, preferably remove it before you exercise, shower, have a bath or go to bed. If you use perfume, hairspray, makeup or skin cream, let it dry before you put on your jewellery, otherwise it may become discoloured (chemical reaction).
During the summer, it may be necessary to polish your jewellery more often, due to increased sweating. Our sweat contains salt and sulphur with which silver reacts. If you take any medicine, this may also speed up the oxidation process.
Silver and leather is not a good combination. Leather is treated with tannic acid, which causes silver to oxidise and turn black over time. Avoid storing silver jewellery in a leather jewellery box as this will cause it to oxidise.
Store your jewellery in a dry and dark place (preferably not in the bathroom). Water containing chlorine or salt can also discolour your jewellery. It is best that you use your jewellery as this will result in a natural and continuous aging. It is primarily when it lies in a box that jewellery oxidizes, particularly if the jewellery box is made of leather, which is treated with tannic acid.
Chemical cleaning baths are excellent for cleaning silver jewellery, just dip it into the bath for a few minutes and will be shiny and bright again. A polishing cloth also takes away tarnishing, foundation etc. but obviously doesn't reach into the smallest corners.
Another easy way to make your jewellery look nice again is to brush it with toothpaste and warm water. Use a toothbrush or a slightly harder nail- or scrubbing brush (toothpaste contains a mild polishing agent). Note that some toothpaste brands for sensitive teeth do not contain polishing agents!
If you prefer to let the professionals do the job...
If you prefer to let the professionals do the job, you are most welcome to send your pieces of jewellery for cleaning to us. Or visit us in our workshop and boutique in Gothenburg:
M925 Design, Plantagegatan 13 (Linnéstaden), 413 05 Gothenburg, Sweden. The opening hours are Mon-Fri 11-18 (lunch break 14-15) plus pay day Saturdays t.i. the last Saturday in every month 11-15. If you wish to come another time, just let us know. firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note that oxidation is not accepted as a valid claim for a refund. You will also not get a refund if silver oxidises particularly rapidly on you (the process is individual). In men, who sweat a little more than women, the oxidation process tends to be more rapid. This simply means that the jewellery must be polished more often!