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Silver is a material that will tarnish over time. This is caused by the reaction of silver to the sulphur and other chemicals in the air, causing silver to lose its shine and change it's colour. Not all silver jewellery are made of pure or 99.9% silver. Sterling silver consists of 92.5% silver and 7.5% of copper and other alloys to make them more workable. At Imprint Silver, our silver is mostly 99.9% pure, while some findings and chains may be made of Sterling Silver. Knowing how to care for your silver jewellery will keep them in the same prestine condition as the day you buy them.
Here are some tips on how to take care of your silver jewellery to keep them from getting tarnished or at least delay their occurence:
1. Your skin's natural oil will help coat your silver jewellery, which will then slow down the tarnishing process. So wear them as often as you can instead of locking them away in your jewellery boxes.

2. Avoid getting your silver jewellery in contact with lotion or perfume. Some cosmetic and hair products will also have ingredients and chemicals that will accelerate the tarnishing process. It is, therefore, a good practice to wear your silver jewellery last, after you have dressed up, put on makeup, done your hair, applied perfume, etc, and to take it off first when you get home.
3. Keep them in air-tight containers instead of ordinary jewellery boxes, especially if you are keeping them tucked away for a long time. This will keep out air that speeds up tarnishing. Simple polyethylene zip lock bags will do this just fine. Just ensure that you squeeze out all the air as you zip up your jewellery.
4. Silica gel packs, which can be found in some packaging for new clothes and shoes to soak up moisture, may also be added into the zip lock bag together with your silver.  You may also use anti-tarnishing strips that are designed to absorb sulfur in the air, to the bags. These can be found in most shops selling jewellery cleaning kits. Just remember to replace them once every 6 months or so.
5. Store your silver jewellery one at a time. You do not want your carefully stored away silver to be scratched by other jewellery stored in the same bag. If you have to place more than a piece of silver item into the same bag, wrap each one with a soft cloth to prevent contact with other jewellery.  
6. Never immerse your silver jewellery in chlorine, salt water, mineral springs, and suntan lotion. Some household cleaners contain chlorine bleach, which will cause discoloration and also loosen any gemstones you have on your silver jewellery. So remember to remove any silver jewellery before you go to the beach, swimming pool, do your laundry or wash the plates after dinner.
It is not possible to totally prevent your silver jewellery from tarnishing. Even if you have placed them in air tight zip lock bags, discolouration will still occur after a long time. Here are some tips for cleaning tarnished silver:
1. Use a good silver cleaner. You can buy this in most jewellery stores. Consistency may vary among brands, some may be concentrated while others are more aqueous.
2. Look for a silver cleaner that is gentle, not only on the silver, but on gemstones as well. Some silver cleaners may also cause damage to gemstones embedded in the jewellery. Avoid using them on silver with any coating finish especially on antique or oxidized silver.
3. Dip type silver cleaners work best for untreated silver jewellery but you should still read the instructions carefully. Give your silver a quick dip and rinse them thoroughly with clean warm water. Do not leave it for more than 10 seconds. It may clean the silver but it can ruin the gems attached to it.
Of course, we will be happy to clean your Imprint Silver jewellery free of charge should you be in the vicinity. Alternatively, you may send them to us by post. All we ask is for you to bear your own transport and postage costs.

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