Sterling silver—the highest quality standard for silver in the industry. Unlike pure silver, sterling silver is an alloy, or mixture, of 92.5% pure silver with copper to enhance its luster, strength and durability. Like many metals, copper is more susceptible to oxidation, or rusting, and this chemical reaction is what causes sterling silver to tarnish.
Sterling silver tarnishes when exposed to salty air, chlorine, sulfur, humidity, perspiration and household bleach and other strong chemicals. Cosmetics and fragrances can also negatively affect the finish of sterling silver and direct contact should be avoided. Like other precious metals, sterling silver will require cleaning from time to time. To prevent tarnish as much as possible, we recommend that you store your fine jewelry in a safe, dry place when engaging in the following activities:
- Household and outdoor chores (i.e., cleaning and gardening)
- Showering, bathing or swimming in pools, hot tubs, hot springs and the ocean
- Grooming yourself with lotion, hair products, fragrances and other cosmetics
- Exercising at the gym or during contact sports
- Preparing meals
Fortunately, sterling silver is easy to clean in a few simple steps.
How to Clean Sterling Silver
- Apply a small amount of Tiffany’s silver jewelry cleaner to a soft cloth.
- Gently rub the silver with the cloth several times.
- Rinse the silver thoroughly in warm water.
- Blot dry and polish your silver with our polishing cloth or mitts. This will remove the tarnish and restore shine, keeping your sterling silver like new.
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