STORING: The best way to keep tarnish off your silver is either to wear it or keep it in an airtight container, an airtight container with a piece of chalk is even better. Each piece from Cagibi Jewelry and Art comes in a biodegradable plastic zip bag, which I recommend keeping to store your jewelry.
CLEANING: If/When tarnish appears, you can remove it relatively easily without harsh chemicals by following these directions.
- Combine the following together in a microwave-safe pyrex measuring cup or mug: 1 1/3 cup water, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon liquid dish soap.
- Microwave to a boil (about 3 minutes).
- With about a square foot of aluminum foil, create a liner for the mug.
- Place your silver jewelry in the foil liner and submerge it in the hot liquid.
- After a few minutes (the heat and soap speed this up), the molecules that contribute to the tarnish on your silver will transfer to the aluminum, and your silver will be clean.
- Rinse off and dry completely.
Measuring your favorite necklace should be enough to give you an idea of your preferred length. (Personally I like 16″ and 30″.)
Not sure about what size your fingers are? Have no fear! You can easily get an accurate measurement of the circumference of your finger by wrapping a strip of paper around your finger, marking where the end reaches, and measuring it.
- Pull a strip of scrap paper out of your recycling bin.
- Wrap it around your knuckle to measure the circumference of your finger, and mark it with a pen or pencil.
- Measure from the mark to the end of the strip. You may want to tape the ends together and try it on to be sure that the paper strip can fit over your knuckle, but is tight enough not to slide off. Then, find your size in the chart below.
- For extra piece of mind, get a ruler, cut a new strip of paper the length designated for your newly discovered ring size, and wrap it around your knuckle.
- For even extra piece of mind, mail me the strip of paper when you put in your ring order.
Health Benefits of Silver
Silver has been promoted for its antibacterial qualities for centuries. Most recently medical supplies and flatware have made the news. Here’s a flier from the Society of American Silversmiths.