With the start of the new year, many people are now thinking of going through all of their belongings and spaces for their annual deep cleaning. During this process, it is also important to remember that investment pieces such as fine jewelry and luxury watches also need regular upkeep and tuning to keep them looking their best.
Silver jewelry is prone to tarnishing, and factors like the environment, everyday wear, and exposure to the elements will increase the rate of tarnishing. Although storing your sterling silver pieces in small resealable ziplock bags will help to slow down the oxidation, regular upkeep is recommended to keep sterling silver jewelry looking like new.
The best at-home solution for most simple sterling silver pieces is a polishing cloth.
Most cleaning cloths are treated with a mild cleaning solution to clean and polish the silver. Even though they are meant to be a single use item, they can be used until they are completely filthy. Once the cloth is completely black or too dirty to continue using, just toss them into the trash.
There are two different types of cleaning cloths: one-layer and two-layer cloths. A one-layer cloth is ideal for a lighter tarnish and regular cleanings. As the cloth is rubbed on the silver, the cloth will start to blacken. When that happens, use a different area of the cloth. Continue this action until the jewelry piece shines.
In comparison, a two-process cloth has two layers. Typically the inner cloth is the treated one. Start with that layer first and polish the same way as with the one-layer cloth. Once all of the tarnish is removed, use the outer second layer to buff and shine the item. This version of the polishing cloth is highly recommended for fine jewelry pieces.
However, it is important to note that if a jewelry piece has intentional oxidation, blackening, gemstones, or a matte or satin finish, a polishing cloth could remove or damage that artistic jewelry finish. In these cases, it is best to bring the item in to a trusted jeweler for a professional cleaning.
About Trice Jewelers
Located on South University Boulevard in Centennial, Colorado, Trice Jewelers has been one of the largest fine jewelry retailers in the Denver area for over fifty years. In addition to offering a wide selection of designer engagement rings, wedding bands, fashion jewelry, and Swiss-quality timepieces, the friendly staff at Trice Jewelers is committed to doing whatever it takes to help their Rocky Mountain customers realize their fine jewelry dreams. Furthermore, Trice Jewelers offers on-site jewelry repair, watch repair, full-service custom jewelry design services, and are the financial supporters of many Denver area charities.
For more information on current sales, products, services, or events at Trice Jewelers, please visit their website at TriceJewelers.com, call 303.759.9661, or visit their state-of-the-art Centennial showroom today.