With proper care, your Hyo Silver piece will retain beauty and luster for generations to come.
General Cleaning & Care
Protect your jewelry from impacts against hard or abrasive surfaces. Regularly examine jewelry to ensure settings, clasps, and joinings are secure. Typically, silver that is worn regularly requires less cleaning:
Hyo Silver recommends wearing jewelry daily and removing jewelry for water related or laborious activity. Jewelry containing black antique background, oxidized designs, or gemstones, can be damaged by cosmetics, extreme temperatures, household chemicals, and ultrasonic cleaning. To clean jewelry, we recommend Hyo Silver Jewelry Cleaning Kit. Do not use liquid cleaner for items with an oxidized background; use only the polishing cloth. Complimentary cleaning and antiquing is available at our store location. (See Satisfaction Policy for full details).
Complimentary professional cleaning is available for all Hyo Silver items, just pay shipping when applicable. Send in your items with the Service Request Form.
Natural and Chemical Reactions
Tarnishing is a natural process of silver. Tarnish, and other chemical reactions such as metallic abrasion and corrosion, which may cause skin discoloration after contact with skin or silver, can be attributed to and expedited by the following sources: salt, salt air, cosmetics, lotions, Sulphur compounds, PH imbalance (body chemistry), and many other household chemicals. Some sterling silver jewelry is Rhodium plated which helps in preventing the natural process of tarnishing, but has to be re-plated every few months. Hyo Silver does not use the plating processes in the making of jewelry items. The best resolutions for silver tarnish is to avoid chemicals, wear jewelry daily, and follow the below cleaning and care tips.
Extra Cleaning and Care Tips
Here are some simple cleaning tips that may resolve a silver chemical reaction:
- Clean jewelry with Hyo Silver Gentle Cleaner
- Polish jewelry with Hyo Silver Polishing Cloth
- Wear silver often as worn silver requires less cleaning
*Hyo Silver Gentle Cleaner and Polishing Cloth are safe for all Hyo Silver products and stone types.
Special Considerations – For jewelry containing turquoise or other earth stones DO NOT submerge in solution for the following cleaning methods. A Q-tip may be used to apply the cleaning solution to the metal parts of the jewelry, taking care to avoid contact with genuine stones. Do not use any liquid cleaner on products with an oxidized background.
- Dip the ring in a ½ vinegar ½ water mixture for 5 minutes and rinse with water.
- For very tarnished silver, a product called “Tarn-x” works well. Follow product direction on bottle.
- Finish with Hyo Silver Gentle Cleaner and Polishing Cloth.
Feel free to contact a friendly Hyo Silver representative for any other product care inquiries.
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