How to Store Silver Jewelry
Once you’ve purchased some lovely new silver jewelry, your next dilemma is figuring out the best way to store it. Storing silver incorrectly can lead to it becoming tarnished at best and getting damaged at worst. However, you don’t have to spend a lot of time or money on storage in order to protect your beautiful silver. There are five easy, cheap tricks to keeping your silver in good condition.
- Store your silver in an anti-tarnishing box. Anti-tarnishing boxes are usually made of wood that has been coated in a clear lacquer of some kind. They will prevent tarnishing and other cosmetic issues. Beware of uncoated wood storage boxes, especially oak, as these tend to make silver tarnish more quickly! While tarnishing is not the end of the world, it can be a pain to remove, and polishing silver too frequently or abrasively can lead to scratching or wear.
- Store your silver pieces with plain blackboard chalk or silica gel (the little packets that come in purses, shoes, and other products) to absorb moisture. This will prevent tarnishing and discoloration by making the atmosphere of your silver storage place a little drier.
- Stick a piece of activated charcoal with your jewelry to absorb the gases that cause tarnishing. Again, tarnishing is not the end of the world, but it’s a lot better for your time and your jewelry’s safety if you can avoid it.
- Always wrap silver in a soft cloth or protective silver baggy before storing. Tossing your silver pieces into your jewelry box with all the rest of your jewelry can lead to scratches. They even sell special anti-tarnish cloths and bags, so you can kill two birds with one stone with this step. t’s usually best to store each individual necklace by itself, since they tend to get tangled on each other (and everything else!). Tangled chains can quickly become broken chains, so take care to avoid tangling.
- Store silver away from uncoated wood, rubber, and newspaper. All of these products cause or hasten tarnishing. It’s amazing how many people wrap their silver in newspaper and rubber bands without realizing this! I used to be shocked by how quickly my silver would tarnish, until I found out that it was caused by the newspaper I was wrapping it in. It’s much better to store your jewelry in a tarnish-resistant cloth or bag inside an anti-tarnish box. The pieces will be much safer from scratches, damage, and tarnishing that way.
Silver storage really isn’t so complicated, is it? The best part is that most of these items are extremely affordable! A little bit of TLC and prevention will keep your silver jewelry in excellent shape for the rest of your life. A few minutes of prevention for a lifetime of beauty isn’t a bad trade-off. Treat your silver jewelry with the care it needs, and it should outlast even you.