Monday, September 16, 2013

MNN Tip of the Week #1

What should I do if my sterling silver jewelry gets scratched?

One of the biggest questions we are asked at MyNameNecklace is what happens if scratches start to appear on sterling silver jewelry. Because silver is a soft metal, there is always the possibility that after a long time of use, a little bit of natural wear and tear will occur. It is nothing to get upset about because it is really easy to make sterling silver look like new once again!

The best way to prevent the occurrence of scratches is to clean sterling silver jewelry often. If there are already scratches, cleaning will not completely remove the scratch, but make it much less visible.

Look for polishes and cleaners that are specifically for sterling silver jewelry. They are the best defense when it comes to getting rid of visible scratches. If you do not have any polish in your home, there are numerous jewelry cleaning hacks you can try with items you most likely already have in your home. For example, did you know that toothpaste (the paste kind and without whitening) or baking soda (mixed with hot water) can be excellent sterling silver cleaners? Probably not, but now you do!

Sterling Silver "Carrie" Style Name Necklace
Sterling Silver Carrie Name Necklace
To prevent future scratches from occurring, do not wear your jewelry exercising, while sleeping, or in the shower. Furthermore, when you are not wearing your jewelry, store it safely. Wrap sterling silver jewelry in tissue paper or scrap pieces of flannel material before storing it.

If you have any jewelry-related questions, leave them in the comments section below!

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