All of my silver jewelry has tarnished! Is there anything I can do about this?
Jessica in Springfield
Indeed there is. Find a cloth of 100% cotton and a good nonabrasive metal cleaner. Rub that on the silver (avoiding gemstones as much as possible) and then rinse thoroughly. While you are cleaning it is important to remember that sterling silver is a very soft metal and must be touched gently. Even fingernails can dent this metal!
In order to prevent tarnishing in the future, I suggest that you wrap your jewelry in jeweler’s tissue paper and then store it in a tightly sealed zip lock bag.
To keep your silver looking as nice as possible, gently wipe off excess make-up and skin oils after each wearing. Use a smooth, 100% cotton cloth and gently wipe the piece clean using only the soft pads of your fingers. This will keep your silver looking as good as new.