How to care for your Bsparkle jewellery
All our jewellery is made from sterling silver and bears the ‘925’ stamp to indicate that the metal is 92.5 percent pure silver and that the other 7.5 percent is copper (or sometimes other metals). The additional metals help to increase strength as silver on its on is incredibly soft.
Over time your silver jewellery may tarnish. Tarnish is a product of the chemical reaction that is caused by the other metals mixed with silver reacting to moisture and Sulphur in the air. High humidity and air pollution can also cause tarnish as well as other chemicals in everyday products.
Many of our jewellery pieces also contain Cubic Zirconia which has the appearance of diamond, but it is slightly softer; diamond comes out tops for mineral hardness. Therefore, a cubic zirconia needs regular and careful cleaning to keep it tip top.
So how do you keep your silver and CZ jewellery in the same sparkly, shiny condition it arrived in? Here are some tips…
Cleaning your jewels
Every 2 to 3 months use a soft brush (a child’s old toothbrush is perfect) and some mild soapy water to gently clean your jewellery. I find either a mild washing up liquid or baby soap works best. This will help to rid of any dirt accumulation. Be sure to rinse the soap away with warm water and then pat dry with a soft, clean cloth. A cotton bud can also be useful to clean into small harder to reach areas.
If your silver has tarnished the best way to clean it is with a silver polishing cloth, but any clean microfiber cloth will work too. Polish using a back and forth motion and avoid using paper towels or tissue as small fibres in these can scratch the silver.
Storing your jewels
Your jewellery is best stored in a cool, dark moisture free environment such as an airtight jewellery box, alternatively small bags can be used either plastic or made from a soft material such as felt. If using bags, make sure they are closed securely to stop air and moisture from getting in and always keep them stored away from direct sunlight.
Make sure to keep your jewellery separate from each other to avoid items rubbing against each other and risking scratches. This will also stop necklaces form becoming tangled; hands up who has spent a considerable amount of time unravelling intertwined chains?
A great tip is adding a piece of chalk or one of those Silica bags that come with new shoes or bags as they will absorb moisture and help to prevent tarnishing.
There are some habits that when put into practice can help keep your jewellery looking its best.
Always put your jewellery on last when getting ready, make up, hairspray, perfume and body lotions can contain chemicals which can react with the silver.
Avoid swimming or showering in your jewellery. Chlorine is a pretty harsh chemical that can cause silver to discolour and tarnish and dull the sparkle on your Cubic zirconia. The water can oxidise the silver and cause tarnish. Of course sometimes it is unavoidable to remove our jewellery or we just plain forget, hey we are only human, so if you do swim or shower in your jewellery just make sure to rinse afterwards with lukewarm water and then dry thoroughly.
Certain activities can pose a risk and so wearing your jewels to do them is best avoided. Gardening, housework, and some forms of exercise are top of the list due to exposing your jewellery to hard objects that could scratch or chemicals in cleaning fluids that could react with the silver and gemstone.
It is also advisable to remove rings and bracelets before cooking or baking as they can trap pieces of raw food which harbour bacteria- yuk! Foods that contain sulphur such as eggs, fish and onions can also cause tarnish.
Lastly… the best advice? Wear your jewellery often, the natural oils in your skin help prevent tarnish and keep it looking shiny.