An overview on how to clean silver jewelry:
Cleaning and caring for silver jewelry is simple to do if you follow a few basic steps. With a little care and maintenance, your silver jewelry should always shine.
When you purchase silver jewelry, the first thing to remember is that silver is a soft metal. Even a heavy silver ring will bend if enough force is added to it–which means, you should take off your ring before lifting anything heavy.
Tarnishing is caused by oxidization and moisture in the air. It first appears as a golden hue on the silver, but quickly turns black.Another thing to bear in mind is how you store your jewelry when it is not being worn. Silver should never be stored with other metals or loose in a jewelry box. You should keep your silver in a small zippered plastic bag by itself. Not only will this keep other jewelry from rubbing the silver (possibly causing scratches), it will protect it from the air, which causes quick tarnishing.
Never leave silver jewelry lying against bare wood. Wood, especially oak, contains an acid that will mar the surface of the silver. Paper and cardboard, since they are wood pulp products, will have the same effect, so avoid storing silver in envelopes or small cardboard boxes also.