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How to Store Silver Jewelry

How to Store Silver Jewelry - JewelryLab

Silver jewelry tends to tarnish soon if properly maintained. As much as the tarnish isn't a cause for alarm, there are ways it can be avoided or reduced to the barest minimum.

For some of us, dressing up is never complete without rocking a trendy necklace, a pair of earrings, a bracelet, or other accessory styles. After all, it is such a convenient way to add instant glam to any kind of look. But then again, all that sparkles won't last forever if you don't take care of your jewelry. Are you so into silver jewelry lately? If your answer is yes, then you need to be twice as careful when it comes to storing silver jewelry and keeping the shine on.

While you love your silver jewelry and want to wear it all the time, you need to know when it's time to remove it. Avoid wearing delicate silver jewelry while cooking, gymming, swimming or doing any household chores. You should also stay away from extreme exposure to heat and light as silver can fade or start to discolor.

Here are some tips to help you store your silver jewelry properly

Clean your jewelry before storing: 

This gets rid of already built-up sweat and removes the moisture that must have been stored, all day. Hence, it is very important that before storing, you wipe off all the sweat from the jewelry pieces.

Make use of airtight boxes: 

The use of airtight boxes to store your silver jewelry helps to preserve it for a longer time. Never store them in uncoated wooden boxes because that will cause them to lose color or shine.

Use anti-tarnish paper or cloth:

A great way to store your precious silver jewelry is to wrap the pieces with a soft cloth (like muslin) to retain the shine and prevent discoloring. You could also use anti-tarnish paper or tissue paper to wrap each piece of jewelry. Never wrap them in a newspaper.

Always separate your Jewelry: 

Separation is necessary- Do not keep two different types of jewelry in one box. It is very essential to store your jewelry in separate jewelry boxes or secured containers that will prevent them from getting scratched and broken.

Add Silica gel or activated charcoal: 

Very busy? Then get your hands on small sachets of silica gel or some activated charcoal and store them inside the box along with your silver jewelry. They help in absorbing moisture and thereby prevent tarnishing.

Wear your Jewelry last: 

Remember, always put on your silver chain link necklace jewelry last when dressing up. It should be done after the use of make-up, cosmetics, perfume, and lotions to avoid damage to delicate items.

Do Twist Ties to prevent tangling: 

Keep necklaces from getting tangled using twist ties.

Make a jewelry holder from an old frame, Use an old metal rake to store necklaces, or organize earrings in egg cartons.

Keep your pearls in wooden boxes: 

Keep pearls inside a wooden box that has a felt lining. The felt helps absorb excess moisture and prevent premature damage. Don't be tempted to store pearls inside a plastic bag or box because plastic can interact with the pearls and cause them to deteriorate.

Store delicate jewelry in a dark, dry location: 

This applies to silver jewelry most especially, avoid direct sunlight and Moisture 

Don’t Store Your Silver Jewelry in Containers with Adhesive: 

Most storage containers are generally safe. However, some will contain adhesive to help stick down any parts of the container. Adhesives are often laden with moisture and sulfur, two of the biggest causes of tarnishing in jewelry. So when you’re picking out a storage system for your jewelry, inspect it for adhesive before you purchase it.

Get your Insurance in place: 

No one wants to think about bad things happening, but fine jewelry is commonly stolen and should be protected when you have an extensive collection.

Take photos of your fine jewelry and create an inventory so that your collection can be insured. Jewelry insurance can be obtained separately or through homeowners and renters insurance.

Also, Consult your insurance company before you store the jewelry in an offsite location like in a storage unit.

In summary:

Keep jewelry dry. Moisture is the main factor that speeds up the tarnishing process.

Store different types of jewelry separately. Make sure the jewelry is not touching inside the jewelry box.

Lower the relative humidity of a room if you keep your jewelry out in the open and notice that it tarnishes quickly

Jack Flowers, author

Jack Flowers is the Director of Global Operations at JewelryLab and manages global product quality control, customer support, and retail partnerships. Having processed thousands of orders over the past few years, he brings a unique insight into jewelry quality, care, and cleaning through direct customer feedback and recommendations.

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