In the past decade or so, the Jewellery world has seen Silver and Platinum rise in popularity. Gold as it seemed was just not stylish enough. It even got to the point when wearing gold jewellery felt dated and old and most heirloom gold jewellery sat dusting away in jewellery boxes all over the fashion conscious world. Now, the tides are turning as fashion and jewellery designers are bringing gold back to the runway. Gold has been reinvented and is now very much in Vogue.
Flipping through any fashion magazine or going to high end shops will reveal a golden trend. It started with the metallic craze a few years ago where gold, silver, bronze, chrome, copper and other metals found its way in leather, clothing and others buy gold in dubai. That trend may be dying down, but the rise of jewellery in gold is still going strong.
Long link necklaces that can be worn in layers, dainty tennis bracelets, rings, chunky bangles and a whole lot more are basking in the color gold. The fashion world cannot seem to get enough of it. It is perhaps good news to now that something once thought to be past its prime is back on the scene once again and is showing no signs of slowing down.
Amongst your fine jewellery, you have some silver pieces and of course you want to keep them in pristine condition. But over time, they become tarnished and full of finger marks, so how do we keep them in mint condition? There are many misconceptions about cleaning silver jewellery which we must dispense with first.
A popular myth is that you can clean silver jewellery with toothpaste, but most silver experts are against doing this, as they feel it is too abrasive and can leave your silver with scratches. Salt is extremely corrosive to silver. Never clean silver in the dishwasher or with common household cleaners or detergents. Only ever use a very gentle soap (a baby soap would be ideal) and warm water.
So that’s how we don’t clean silver jewellery, so how do we do it?
Well, you would remove a stain from your clothes as soon as you noticed it, the same goes for silver jewellery. As soon as you spot tarnish on your silver remove it. Any good jewellers will give advice on cleaning silver and many also sell silver cleaning cloths which are impregnated with tarnish remover. It may be worth keeping some of these in the house – they will last you for a long time.
But you don’t have to buy any of these cleaning materials if you don’t wish to and you don’t have to spend a lot of money on maintaining your jewellery in a pristine state. If you ask any of the older members of your family, they will probably have a host of recipes for cleaning silver jewellery, which have been handed down the generations. Do remember however to be very careful if the jewellery contains stones like pearls or opals. It may be better to seek professional advice on cleaning these or get them cleaned by your local jeweller