- Sterling Silver: 92.5% silver, 7.5% other metal
- Silver Plated: has base metal and a thin layer of sterling silver on the outside
If your Silver Plated jewelry is showing some light tarnish, a quick soap and water bath is the best way to get them sparkling and shiny again.
- Use a mild dish soap and warm water to create a foamy solution in a small container
- Submerge silver plated jewelry into the liquid for several minutes
- Using a soft cloth, rub the items
- Make sure you get all surfaces
- If the jewelry item has lots of grooves, nooks and crannies, use a soft bristle toothbrush to get the dirt out of those areas
- Once clean, rinse the items in warm water
- Dry with a lint-free cloth thoroughly and make sure silver plated jewelry item is completely dry before storing it away
Depending on the level of tarnish on your silver plated jewelry, a jewelry polishing cloth is really all you need. With a high quality jewelry polishing cloth, not only will excess dirt and tarnish be removed from your silver plated jewelry, but it will put that shine back into your jewelry items! If you want, you can also give your silver plated jewelry items a quick polish and wipe-down after each and every time you wear it. This will help to remove your body oils and any chemicals, products or pollutants that might be on it, which would contribute to tarnishing.
Remember to be gentle when you wipe your silver plated jewelry items down, as the layer might be relatively thin and can potentially be scrubbed away with too much force.