Vintage Sterling Silver Necklace
Vintage necklaces are often one-of-a-kind pieces that were not mass produced. A vintage sterling silver necklace can be an addition to your jewelry collection.
How do you clean and care for this precious metal?
To keep its natural beauty and shine, sterling silver requires adequate cleaning and care. Vintage necklaces made of this metal should be cleaned regularly to prevent the dulling and clouding that can happens due to the buildup of dirt, oil from your skin, and makeup residue. Chemical cleaners should be avoided as they can cause the discoloration of your necklace with continued use.
A good way to clean this metal is to polish it with a soft cloth on a regular basis. Coarse fabrics can cause scratches on the surface of your pieces, but a soft cloth or one made specifically for cleaning and polishing this metal will work. This cleaning method can be used as often as desired.
For pieces that shows any degree of tarnish, deeper cleaning is needed. You can use a tiny bit of mild detergent on the surface, using your fingers or a soft cloth to gently rub it into the surface.
How do you store silver jewelry items?
Proper storage of vintage necklaces and other pieces made of this metal not only helps prevent damage to your items, but it also reduces the risk of oxidation, which can dull and cloud it.
- If the necklace will be stored for an extended period of time, it should be kept in an airtight bag. Doing so can help protect it from tarnishing, oxidation, and humidity.
- If possible, store your pieces in a jewelry case lined with material that is treated to be tarnish-resistant.
- Do not store jewelry in your bathroom or other areas with similar humidity that can dull your necklace.
- Store your pieces in a cool dry place that is air-conditioned if you reside in a warmer climate area.
- Always store your jewelry pieces made of this metal individually in cases, compartments, and pouches to prevent scratches and scuffs.
- It is always a good idea to properly clean your items before storing them for lengthy periods of time.
What are some other properties of sterling silver?
Sterling silver is so named because its composition is 92.5% pure silver alloyed with 7.5% copper. This precious metal can be worn for those with sensitive skin as it is a non-reactive metal that contains no nickel. It can be worn against the skin by the majority of people without causing reactions.