Silver jewellery tarnishes from air an flight exposure, so its gleam will start to fade over time. Cleaning silver is really easy when you know how
Silver jewellery tarnishes from air an flight exposure, so its gleam will start to fade over time. Cleaning silver is really easy when you know how. Express.co.uk spoke to Ben Stinson, an expert from the UK’s leading Hatton Garden jewellers, Diamonds Factory to find out how to clean silver rings.
Silver is a soft metal, so you can’t use harsh chemicals to clean silver rings.
Before you start cleaning the ring, it’s important to look closely at its condition.
Mr Stinson said: “Check the state of the jewellery to ensure there are no loose diamonds, or gems that may come off during the clean or everyday wear.
“You can do this by inspecting the claws of the piece or by using a safety pin to check how secure each stone is.
“If the stone is moving in the setting, we recommend taking it to a jeweller to have it professionally cleaned and re-set.”
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Once you have cleaned the ring, it’s time to rinse off the soapy water.
Run the ring under warm running water and repeat until you are happy that it is soap-free.
Allow the ring to air dry, or dry it by hand with a fresh cotton or linen cloth.
These materials won’t scratch the metal or stone like a paper towel might.
You could then use a polishing cloth to make the metal sparkle, and then store it in a re-sealable bag to protect against dust.
How often should I clean my rings?
Mr Stinson advises repeating this process once a week.
He said: “This process can be repeated once a week to help keep oils and products from building up.
However, it is recommended that you take your diamond and jewellery to be professionally cleaned twice a year.
“To prevent the need to clean your items more frequently than once a week, we recommend removing your jewellery whenever washing your hands with soap, anti-bacterial hand gel, or washing up liquid.”