Caring for Silver Jewellery
Pure Silver, a precious and malleable metal, is usually alloyed with copper to enhance its durability and prevent damage to the metal. Typically, sterling silver consists of 92.5 percent silver and 7.5 percent copper.
Over time oxidation reactions will occur, especially with sulphur and oxygen, causing silver to become tarnished. Care should be taken to prevent this tarnishing.
To avoid this tarnishing, try to avoid the following:
  • Applying hair colours or permanent solutions while wearing your jewellery.
  • Showering or swimming with your jewellery on.
  • Body lotions, hair spray, suntan lotions, or oils of any kind on your jewellery.
  • Physical Activities (Sweat).
  • Never removing your jewellery.
 Silver does not oxidize in air. However, it does react with sulphur dioxide and hydrogen sulphide in the air or other sulphur compounds and chloride salts, resulting in discolouration called tarnish. Tarnish is a brown discoloration caused by air pollution, cigarette smoke, some foods, furnace fumes.

Storage
How do you keep it from tarnishing and becoming dull again?
Provide an environment that will prevent or retard tarnish. Protect silver from sulphur by wrapping it in acid-free tissue and storing it in tarnish resistant cloth or polyethylene bags. Use caution in storing to avoid trapping moisture. If anti-tarnish strips are used, do not allow them to touch the silver and change strips regularly (every 3 to 6 months, depending on where you live and how fast jewellery tends to tarnish) as they can re-deposit the sulphur onto silver.
Some jewellers use ordinary blackboard chalk in place of the no-tarnish strips. Add a single piece of white chalk to the drawer or cabinet where your silver is stored. White chalk is reported to prevent tarnish.
For jewellery you store on display racks or in trays or cases, its best to place them in zip lock bags, as the jewellery will be protected from the elements.
Cleaning
Silver is a soft metal. Use care in cleaning it. No matter how mild an abrasive polish is used, some silver will be removed each time it is polished. Rubbing with a soft cloth causes some wear.
Clean with soap (not detergent) and water. If additional cleaning is necessary, use as mild a cleaner as possible.
Rinse and polish with soft cloth or felt (tissue is not recommended).
Dry the silver jewellery very well before storage to prevent residual water stains.
Use A polishing Cloth
One of the best ways to clean your jewelry is with a professional jewelry polishing cloth.  The cloth is treated with cleaning chemicals and not only will the cloth last a long time, it will give you an amazing shine each and every time.  Give your jewelry a polish after wearing and before you place it in its plastic bag.  This removes oils, fingerprints and dust, and will keep your jewelry in pristine condition.
Silver polishes, rubbing and buffing removes tarnish but they should be used with care. Avoid polishing silver with any compounds containing abrasive. A paste of very fine precipitated chalk and denatured alcohol can be used.
After using any commercial polish, rinse the silver in water and polish dry with a soft cloth. Residues of some polish left on silver may cause silver to tarnish faster. Soap may dull silver. Detergents with phosphates may leave a stain if not rinsed.
Chemical electrolysis should not be used on silver items, which have oxidized areas as a part of the decoration, or on plated silver. The silver plate may be stripped off. Electrolysis can also affect some finishes and adhesives and may result in a hazy surface on some silver which then requires polishing. Although this method is easy, it may leave the surface dull. Consider the advantages and disadvantages before using this method. In electrolysis, the silver is placed in contact with aluminium and covered with a dilute solution of washing soda and water (1 ounce soda and 2 quarts water). Some experts suggest that only experienced conservators should use this method.
According to some experts, silver-dip, although quick to use, may remove decorative oxidation.
Caring for your EcoBangle™
When treated with the same care with which it was made and by following this simple care guide your Pulseiras EcoBangle should last you a lifetime.
Pulseiras EcoBangles™ are strong and durable but should be treated with care as it can be susceptible to damage if knocked against a hard surface. To keep your Bangle in great condition, simply wipe over with a clean, damp cloth.
Protect from direct sunlight and avoid submersion under water.
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