Sterling silver is a mainstay metal in high-quality jewelry because it’s long-lasting and timeless. This precious metal alloy is made of 92.5% pure silver and 7.5% other metals.
At Linjer, our sterling silver jewelry is plated in rhodium, a precious metal that gives each piece extra shine and durability.
And just like any metal or gemstone, sterling silver jewelry needs special care to maintain its color and shape. Because yes, these pieces will tarnish—especially when exposed to air, sulfur, humidity, sweat, makeup, and other strong chemicals. This metal is prone to discoloration over time, especially if the jewelry isn’t frequently worn.
How To Clean Sterling Silver Jewelry
If your favorite sterling silver ring or necklace has lost its lustre, try removing light tarnishing at home with these DIY mixtures:
1. Soap and Water
Soak your jewelry for 5-10 minutes in a mixture of liquid dish soap and warm water. Then, use a toothbrush to gently clean any crevices. Once you’re finished, rinse the piece in warm water. If soap and water didn’t remove the tarnish, try one of the mixtures below.
2. Baking Soda and Water
Combine two parts baking soda with one part water to create a paste. Then, clean sterling silver jewelry by rubbing the paste on and letting the paste dry completely. Last, rinse and remove the paste and dry your jewelry with a soft cloth.
3. Vinegar and Baking Soda
To remove heavy tarnish, soak your jewelry in a solution of ½ cup white vinegar and 2 tablespoons of baking soda. Keep your silver pieces in the solution for two to three hours. Then, rinse and dry your jewelry.
If these home methods still aren’t working or your sterling silver jewelry is heavily tarnished, you may need a professional’s help. Many jewelers offer professional jewelry cleaning services. They’ll either clean your jewelry in their shop or give you recommendations on how to restore your beloved piece.
Daily Care to Protect Your Sterling Silver
You can prevent your sterling silver jewelry from tarnishing in the first place by following these easy tips and tricks.
Tip 1. Wear Your Sterling Silver Often
Yes! The more you wear your sterling silver, the shinier it will stay. Your skin’s natural oils will help prevent tarnishing and keep your piece shimmering. Just make sure you put your jewelry on after you're done getting ready for the day so it doesn’t get sprayed with perfumes, sprays, and other cosmetics.
Tip 2. Remember to Take Your Jewelry Off
Never wear your sterling silver while exercising, cleaning, bathing, swimming, or cooking. When coming in contact with sweat, chemicals, chlorine, salt water, and oils, it may tarnish.
Tip 3. Take the Time to Polish
To keep your jewelry in top condition, you may consider investing in a silver cleaner and silver cleaning cloth, microfiber cloth, or soft bristle brush. Before you store your jewelry, make sure to gently clean silver jewelry pieces with a sterling silver polishing cloth. This is an additional step that you don’t need to do every day, but it’s best to polish your pieces once a month to keep them shining.
Tip 4. Store Your Silver Jewelry in a Safe Place
Always store your sterling silver jewelry in a dark, cool place, such as your Linjer pouch, Ziploc bag, or jewelry box. Heat, sunlight, and moisture can all cause tarnishing. And never store multiple pieces of jewelry together in the same compartment or jewelry pouch. You don’t want them to tangle or scratch each other!
Reminder: These cleaning and care tips are only for our sterling silver jewelry, not sterling silver plated in gold.
To ensure your sterling silver jewelry will last and be more resistant to tarnishing, you should always invest in quality pieces.
Our ethically-sourced sterling silver necklaces, earrings, rings, and bracelets are tarnish-resistant and designed for you to wear day after day. Discover our collection of timeless sterling silver jewelry that you’ll love incorporating into your daily looks.