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  • How to Care for Your Sterling Silver Jewelry

     

     

    Hopefully you were one of the lucky people to receive a fine quality piece of Charming Chick sterling silver jewelry over the holiday. If you were - or you already own, love and enjoy this gorgeous metal - we have some tips on how to keep it looking it's best. There are just a few things you need to know about silver before we talk about how to care for it.

     

     

     

    Sterling Silver consists of 92.5% silver and 7.5% of another metal, which is usually copper or some other alloy. You can tell if a piece of jewelry is Sterling silver because it is commonly stamped with -- 925 or sterling. Silver is much more abundant than gold and platinum, so the price of the piece is largely determined by the craftsmanship and labor involved in its creation.

     

    As some of you may know, over time sterling silver reacts with the sulfur or hydrogen sulfide in the air and the metal can become tarnished. Tarnish (which appears as black patches) occurs when the compound silver sulfide if formed. It is important to note that silver can react poorly when it comes in contact with other things like; rubber gloves, cleaning products, chlorinated water, perfumes, hairsprays, etc.

     

    How to Reduce Tarnishing:

    To reduce tarnishing, we recommend keeping your sterling silver jewelry in an air-tight protective bag made of tarnish proof cloth or a plastic zip lock bag made of Mylar or polyethylene. Charming Chick stores and ships our jewelry in small zip-lock style bags for this reason. You can continue to store your jewelry in this bag if you wish, or purchase another larger bag for storing your sterling silver collection. If you properly store your sterling silver charms, bracelets, necklaces, anklets, rings, brooches, etc., they will require minimal cleaning to keep that beautiful shine. We also recommend storing it away from other articles that might rub against it and causes scratches. Sometimes wood finishes can contain chemicals that are not good for sterling silver, so avoid storing on wood surfaces.

     

    Cleaning Sterling Silver Jewelry:
    Often you can simply rub your sterling silver jewelry gently with a 100% cotton cloth to remove excess dirt and restore shine. Be sure not to rub too hard, because sterling silver is a soft metal that can be bent and scratched. Also, make sure that the cloth is very clean. Rub in a lengthwise motion, not circular since this can scratch the surfaces. You can use a very soft toothbrush to remove debris in hard to reach crevasses.

    If you would prefer to soak your jewelry to remove dirt that seems to be stuck to the surfaces, add a small amount of very mild detergent to warm water. Do not use a detergent with bleach. You can also use a silver paste cleaner, silver dip polishers or silver polishing spray. Often these cleaners can damage gemstones and crystals (especially Swarovski crystal), so we do not recommend using these methods if your jewelry item is not entirely composed of sterling silver.

     

     

    Helpful tips:

    1. Always remove your jewelry before using abrasive chemicals such as bleach, alcohol, etc.

    2. Clean your jewelry before storing it

    3. Prevent tarnishing by cleaning before the silver becomes tarnished

    4. Lotions can wear away at the finish on your sterling silver, so avoid wearing them on surfaces that come in contact with your jewelry

    5. Remove your sterling silver jewelry when doing household chores

     

    Following these tips will elp to ensure that you will be able to love and enjoy your sterling silver jewelry for many years to come@

  • Simply Unique – Sterling Silver Monogram Necklace

    Have you been looking for a beautiful piece of jewelry to your collection? Are you looking for something that is unique and elegant? Then look no further. At Charming Chick we have just the thing to add the finishing touch to any ensemble. Our Sterling Silver Monogrammed Necklace is stunning and stylish and goes with anything.

    This striking necklace is one of our hottest items. It has been seen all around Hollywood and is a "must have" for any collection! Even though the silver monogrammed necklace is a hot trend, keep in mind that it is a classic piece, which will endure the test of time. The intricate filigree monogram, is beautifully crafted in fine quality sterling silver -- just for you!

    This silver monogrammed necklace can be ordered to suit your preferences. It is available in three lengths; 16” 18” or 20.” The woven chain is sturdy and attractive. The monogram, itself is available in 2 sizes; small (1.25” tall) and large (2” tall).

    This versatile item can be worn by anyone of any age and will mesh with their personal style - whatever that may be - which is why it makes for the perfect gift! It’s a fantastic keepsake gift for graduations, Sweet 16, and Quinceaneras. It can also be a wonderful birthday, Mother’s Day, or Christmas gift. Just be sure to plan ahead, these special necklaces take 7-10 days for production.

    When you receive your sterling silver monogrammed necklace; you will be very impressed by the fine quality and craftsmanship. This is a piece that you will have and enjoy for many years to come. Because this necklace can be worn flawlessly with jeans or a dinner dress; it will quickly become one of your signature pieces.

    Are you wanting more than just your initials? Then our sterling silver name necklaces are probably what you have in mind. They are available in three lengths; 16", 18" and 20" and in two font styles.

    So what are you waiting for? Order yours today!

       

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