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Caring for Your Sterling Silver Rings

Sterling silver rings add timeless style and sophistication to your wardrobe. Between its luster, brilliance, and versatility, it's easy to see why silver is one of the most popular materials for jewelry. Our wide selection of rings offers many classic options to choose from, so you'll find just the accessories you need to make a lasting impression. Despite sterling silvers durability and beauty, it's not resistant to stains. Therefore, it's important to clean your sterling silver rings every once in a while to help maintain its shine and shimmer. Fortunately, cleaning sterling silver rings is simple.

Not sure how? Here's how it's done.

Polishing Sterling Silver Rings

If tarnishing isn't too severe, simply polishing your sterling silver rings is a great way to spruce it up. Additionally, it's the best method for cleaning oxidized silver because you can stay away from the intentionally tarnished areas. Because silver is soft and can easily become scratched, it's recommended that you use a special silver cloth to polish your items. However, if you don't have one, a microfiber or other non-abrasive cloth will work as well.

The best polishing method is a back and forth motion that mirrors the grain of the silver. Try to avoid rubbing in circles as this will only highlight any scratches. If polishing isn't working, here are a few more ways to clean your sterling silver rings at home.

How to Clean Sterling Silver Rings

Soap and Water Method

If polishing doesn't work, the soap and water method should be your first approach. This classic cleaning method combines warm water and a mild, ammonia- and phosphate-free dishwashing soap to remove tarnish.

Baking Soda and Water

If the previous method doesn't work, try combining the water with baking soda instead to create a paste. Using a pea-sized amount of the paste and a clean cloth, gently wipe the rings. You can also use a soft-bristled toothbrush to reach between the cracks and crevices. Then, run the sterling silver under warm water and dry it with a clean cloth.

Baking Soda and White Vinegar

Did the baking soda and water approach work? If not, try it with vinegar instead. First, soak the silver ring in a ½ cup of white vinegar and 2 tbsp. of baking soda for roughly 2-3 hours (be prepared for the fizz produced by the solution). Then, rinse and dry.

Olive Oil and Lemon Juice Approach

Did you know that lemon juice is known for its cleaning properties? That's why if the previous options didn't work, lemon juice and olive oil could be the winning ticket. Simply mix ½ cup of lemon juice with 1 tsp. of olive oil in a large bowl. Next, dip a small microfiber cloth into the solution, wring it out, then polish the silver. Finish by rinsing it in warm water and drying as normal.

Keeping Your Sterling Silver Rings Clean

Despite our best efforts, jewelry can get tarnished over time. Luckily, there are several preventative care methods to reduce your chances of damaging your rings:

  • Avoid contact with household chemicals, rubber, chlorinated water or any substances that contain sulfur.
  • Moisture can cause silver to tarnish over time. Try storing your sterling silver ring in a cool, dry place like an airtight plastic bag or jewelry box.
  • Take off your sterling silver when you're working out, swimming or cleaning with harsh chemicals.
  • Apply lotions, perfume, and hair products before putting on your ring.
  • When possible, keep your jewelry out of the sun.

Sterling Silver Ring Options

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Thanks to this handy guide, you'll be able to keep your sterling silver rings shining, shimmering, and splendid. Be sure to also peruse our wide selection of ravishing sterling silver jewelry for more items to add to your collection.