One of the major highlights of an Indian wedding before the actual wedding ceremony is the auspicious ritual of Sagai or Engagement. On this occasion, the brides hand is & officially asked for marriage by the bridegroom’s family. Rings are exchanged between the bride and groom for the union of the two soulmates as well as their respective families.
One thing that defines and brings a wedding together along with all the other ceremonies is the bride and grooms wedding jewellery, the jewellery that is made from a variety of metals and precious stones. Once valued more than gold, silver is a symbol of classiness. The most recent variant in this regard is sterling silver moissanite rings for women, where pure silver is mixed with copper or other metals to add to its durability and stability. One can opt for sterling silver trinket with carved details. The only aspect one needs to take care of is how to look after silver ornaments, since they tend to tarnish after a while, one needs to make sure that it is kept in a dry and cool place. It is very important to have a quick and smart approach towards silver jewellery maintenance and care. Here are some of the care guides and tips for silver plated ornaments:
1. Avoid Tarnish Formation:
Sterling Silver is prone to tarnishing, using a silver polishing cloth will prevent tarnish formation. Store the jewellery in a zip lock bag as this will prevent scratches and tarnishing when the jewellery is not being worn. Removing the jewellery while showering, swimming or applying perfumes and lotions will also help prevent tarnishing. A good rule of thumb is that the jewellery should be the last thing to be worn in the morning and the first thing to be removed in the evening.
Sterling Silver is highly prone to tarnishing, a process that naturally occurs when silver reacts with sulphur or hydrogen sulphide present in the air. Proper care should be taken to avoid tarnish formation. The sterling silver should regularly be polished with a silver polishing cloth as this will prevent the formation of tarnish and keep the shine of the silver intact. However, it will not remove the scratches that have already occurred.
3. Cleaning the jewellery:
The safest way to clean maximum jewellery is to pour a small amount of mild liquid soap in lukewarm water and use a small, soft brush. Toothbrushes are ideal for cleaning jewellery that might otherwise be difficult to clean. If the jewellery is very dirty letting it soak into the liquid for about 10 minutes will help loosen the dirt and tarnish. Rinse with clean water and then pat dry with a soft, clean cloth or tissue.
4. Jewellery protection:
Corrosion of jewellery occurs under humid, moist or wet conditions, especially when exposed to warmth and air. Perspiration from regular jewellery wear is a common cause of corrosion. Silver jewellery or any other Jewellery for that matter should never be worn while bathing, while in sauna or during participating in sports. Do not expose jewellery to make- up, hairspray, creams and perfumes as they can speed up the tarnishing process. Exposure of jewellery to household chemicals, including bleach and ammonia should be avoided as these can damage metals.
Storing silver jewellery separately in a tarnish-resistant bag or a protective box in a separate compartment can help reduce scratches and other kind of damages. This will reduce scratches and other damages and prevent tarnish formation.
It is recommended to store jewellery in either a small zip lock bag inside a box or in silica gel packets or in anti-tarnish strips that can be attached to the box, as these will slow down the absorption of moisture from the air as a prevent the jewellery from tarnishing however expensive rings range like solitaire rings need not to be stored and don’t loose shine over time.