Cleaning Sterling Silver Jewelry With Gemstones May 02 2014

I often get asked this when exhibiting at jewelry shows, "How can I carefully clean my gemstone jewelry"? Sterling silver tarnishes over time and on occasion you need to clean it. This task can be a bit more challenging when there are semi-precious gemstones attached. I often use a polishing cloth to throughly clean the sterling silver jewelry. I use separate cloths for cleaning argentium sterling silver and standard sterling silver jewelry. A few tips I recommend are to clean your jewelry often. You can use warm water with a mild phosphate free detergent. Avoid using rubber gloves as they can be corrosive to silver. Dry the the jewelry promptly. You can lightly buff it with a soft cloth or a polishing agent.