Silver care & repairs
Minas prides itself on its care on attention to detail. Every Minas item comes with a lifetime guarantee (see above), but customers may wish to tend to their jewellery themselves. With these individuals in mind, we conceived the following guide to silver care and repair.
Silver (Ag) is a precious metal known for its shiny and distinct look. Similar to most metals silver will tarnish over time.
Part of the natural beauty of silver is it’s tarnish This will show up as a discoloration that may eventually turn into blue/black. This will usually occur on the points of the jewellery that either have the most contact with the silver irritant or skin, or on parts of the jewellery that are difficult to clean.
What is tarnish?
Tarnish occurs when silver comes in to contact with Hydrogen sulphide (H2S) and Sulphur Dioxide (SO2) in the air or its immediate surroundings.
The speed at which sterling silver tarnishes can be affected by its general surroundings and environment. Factors include, but are not limited to: humidity, pollution, the Ph level of your skin and sweat, any chemicals you come in to contact with as well the food and water you may consume.
In the production of sterling silver copper is used, copper produces its own tarnish which may contribute to the discoloration of the sterling silver.
We would recommend as general guideline to avoid coming in to contact with the following,
- Exercise, sweating
- Some paints
- Hand creams
- Foods with high salt count
- Detergents that include phosphates
We recommend you use a polishing cloth to remove mild tarnishing marks in conjunction with silver tarnish removal products such as SILVO for heavier tarnishing.
Use a small piece of cotton to apply the tarnish removal cream by rubbing the silver in small circular motions. Once the tarnish has been removed rinse the silver item in water and wash your hands thoroughly and dry them well.
Do not use tooth paste to polish your jewellery, toothpaste can cause scratches and damage to silver and gold alike.
For any information or help please don’t hesitate to contact us.