Caring for your Jewelry
Sterling silver, like gold in its pure stage is very soft and in order to make it into jewelry needs to be alloyed with other materials. Normally the metal used to alloy with silver is copper, and both of these metals will easily have a chemical reaction (tarnish) to sulfur. For an item to be classified as "sterling" it will need to contain 92.5% pure silver. Sulfur is present in many things such as exhaust fumes, medication, foodstuffs, etc.; therefore, even sweat may cause silver jewelry to discolor. To solve this tarnishing problem clean your jewelry regularly, removing any deposits that may be detrimental to it.
Here are some valuable tips worth knowing to take care of your jewelry:
- Avoid exposing your jewelry to abrasive substances like household stuff with ammonia or bleach.
- Take off any form of jewelry when swimming either in salt water or chlorinated water.
- Apply lotions, make-up, and hair products before putting on any kind of jewelry.
- Store jewelry properly and separately to minimize scratches and damages.
- Avoid hitting your cubic zirconia rings into hard objects.
- Cubic zirconia jewelry that has never been cleaned tends to get persistent dirt that could damage the setting of the stones sooner or later.