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How to Store and Clean Sterling Silver

June 18, 2019 3:47 pm

estate jewelrySilver has been valuable to humans for a long time, in fact, the earliest evidence of silver mining ever found by archaeologists dates back as many as 3,000 years ago in what are now modern day Turkey and Greece. We've been using silver as a form of currency for thousands of years. So it should come as no surprise that the words for "silver" and "money" are synonyms in at least 14 different languages.

Historically, silver has also been used for crafting fine items such as sterling vases and estate jewelry, dining utensils, sterling candlesticks, and other items. Silver is a much sought after metal in part due to its reflective quality. Pure silver, with all its beauty, is too soft and malleable for crafting items such as jewelry and tableware, so these items are usually made of sterling silver, an alloy made by combining silver with copper or other metals, to make it more durable.

Silver reflects about 95% of the visible light spectrum, but you may not know that all of the silver on earth was formed in the supernovae of stars about 10 times the size of our sun, billions of years ago. Yes. Silver is the stuff of stars.

To keep your sterling silver antique jewelry, silver plated tea sets, and other silver heirlooms looking their best, it's important to take proper care in cleaning and storing them.

Care and Storage of Sterling Items

Proper storage of antique sterling, estate jewelry and is critical for preserving its shine and preventing the oxidation that can cause dullness and discoloration.

It is important to store sterling silver somewhere that's cool and dry. In hot climates, silver should always be kept in an air-conditioned room.

Store each piece of silverware or estate jewelry individually in its own case, pouch, or compartment. This will prevent scratches and nicks.

It is recommended that sterling silver jewelry be stored in a case that is lined with tarnish-resistant material.

Cleaning and Polishing Silver Items

Over time, silver will tarnish and requires regular cleaning to prevent this from happening. For regular cleaning of untarnished items, cleaning items with a mild solution of dish detergent and warm water is recommended. Afterward, items should be dried with a soft cloth. Never use paper towels to dry silverware.

If your silver items look a little bit dull, this is due to tarnish. A silver polishing cloth is the best way to remove tarnish, polish, and shine your silver items back to their once glistening state.

To remove heavier tarnish, it is recommended that you apply a small amount of quality silver polish using a cotton ball, sponge, or soft cloth. Next, rub until the tarnish is gone and wash off any residue. Finally, dry the silver and buff it to a shine using a silver polishing cloth.

Polishing your silver whenever it starts to look spotty or dull is usually enough to keep it in good condition, especially if you don't use it very often. As a rule, silver should be polished at least once a year and it's important to wear cotton or nitrile gloves when doing so, as the oils on your skin can contribute to tarnishing.




How to Store and Clean Sterling Silver

June 18, 2019 3:47 pm

estate jewelrySilver has been valuable to humans for a long time, in fact, the earliest evidence of silver mining ever found by archaeologists dates back as many as 3,000 years ago in what are now modern day Turkey and Greece. We've been using silver as a form of currency for thousands of years. So it should come as no surprise that the words for "silver" and "money" are synonyms in at least 14 different languages.

Historically, silver has also been used for crafting fine items such as sterling vases and estate jewelry, dining utensils, sterling candlesticks, and other items. Silver is a much sought after metal in part due to its reflective quality. Pure silver, with all its beauty, is too soft and malleable for crafting items such as jewelry and tableware, so these items are usually made of sterling silver, an alloy made by combining silver with copper or other metals, to make it more durable.

Silver reflects about 95% of the visible light spectrum, but you may not know that all of the silver on earth was formed in the supernovae of stars about 10 times the size of our sun, billions of years ago. Yes. Silver is the stuff of stars.

To keep your sterling silver antique jewelry, silver plated tea sets, and other silver heirlooms looking their best, it's important to take proper care in cleaning and storing them.

Care and Storage of Sterling Items

Proper storage of antique sterling, estate jewelry and is critical for preserving its shine and preventing the oxidation that can cause dullness and discoloration.

It is important to store sterling silver somewhere that's cool and dry. In hot climates, silver should always be kept in an air-conditioned room.

Store each piece of silverware or estate jewelry individually in its own case, pouch, or compartment. This will prevent scratches and nicks.

It is recommended that sterling silver jewelry be stored in a case that is lined with tarnish-resistant material.

Cleaning and Polishing Silver Items

Over time, silver will tarnish and requires regular cleaning to prevent this from happening. For regular cleaning of untarnished items, cleaning items with a mild solution of dish detergent and warm water is recommended. Afterward, items should be dried with a soft cloth. Never use paper towels to dry silverware.

If your silver items look a little bit dull, this is due to tarnish. A silver polishing cloth is the best way to remove tarnish, polish, and shine your silver items back to their once glistening state.

To remove heavier tarnish, it is recommended that you apply a small amount of quality silver polish using a cotton ball, sponge, or soft cloth. Next, rub until the tarnish is gone and wash off any residue. Finally, dry the silver and buff it to a shine using a silver polishing cloth.

Polishing your silver whenever it starts to look spotty or dull is usually enough to keep it in good condition, especially if you don't use it very often. As a rule, silver should be polished at least once a year and it's important to wear cotton or nitrile gloves when doing so, as the oils on your skin can contribute to tarnishing.




How to Store and Clean Sterling Silver

June 18, 2019 3:47 pm

estate jewelrySilver has been valuable to humans for a long time, in fact, the earliest evidence of silver mining ever found by archaeologists dates back as many as 3,000 years ago in what are now modern day Turkey and Greece. We've been using silver as a form of currency for thousands of years. So it should come as no surprise that the words for "silver" and "money" are synonyms in at least 14 different languages.

Historically, silver has also been used for crafting fine items such as sterling vases and estate jewelry, dining utensils, sterling candlesticks, and other items. Silver is a much sought after metal in part due to its reflective quality. Pure silver, with all its beauty, is too soft and malleable for crafting items such as jewelry and tableware, so these items are usually made of sterling silver, an alloy made by combining silver with copper or other metals, to make it more durable.

Silver reflects about 95% of the visible light spectrum, but you may not know that all of the silver on earth was formed in the supernovae of stars about 10 times the size of our sun, billions of years ago. Yes. Silver is the stuff of stars.

To keep your sterling silver antique jewelry, silver plated tea sets, and other silver heirlooms looking their best, it's important to take proper care in cleaning and storing them.

Care and Storage of Sterling Items

Proper storage of antique sterling, estate jewelry and is critical for preserving its shine and preventing the oxidation that can cause dullness and discoloration.

It is important to store sterling silver somewhere that's cool and dry. In hot climates, silver should always be kept in an air-conditioned room.

Store each piece of silverware or estate jewelry individually in its own case, pouch, or compartment. This will prevent scratches and nicks.

It is recommended that sterling silver jewelry be stored in a case that is lined with tarnish-resistant material.

Cleaning and Polishing Silver Items

Over time, silver will tarnish and requires regular cleaning to prevent this from happening. For regular cleaning of untarnished items, cleaning items with a mild solution of dish detergent and warm water is recommended. Afterward, items should be dried with a soft cloth. Never use paper towels to dry silverware.

If your silver items look a little bit dull, this is due to tarnish. A silver polishing cloth is the best way to remove tarnish, polish, and shine your silver items back to their once glistening state.

To remove heavier tarnish, it is recommended that you apply a small amount of quality silver polish using a cotton ball, sponge, or soft cloth. Next, rub until the tarnish is gone and wash off any residue. Finally, dry the silver and buff it to a shine using a silver polishing cloth.

Polishing your silver whenever it starts to look spotty or dull is usually enough to keep it in good condition, especially if you don't use it very often. As a rule, silver should be polished at least once a year and it's important to wear cotton or nitrile gloves when doing so, as the oils on your skin can contribute to tarnishing.




How to Store and Clean Sterling Silver

June 18, 2019 3:47 pm

estate jewelrySilver has been valuable to humans for a long time, in fact, the earliest evidence of silver mining ever found by archaeologists dates back as many as 3,000 years ago in what are now modern day Turkey and Greece. We've been using silver as a form of currency for thousands of years. So it should come as no surprise that the words for "silver" and "money" are synonyms in at least 14 different languages.

Historically, silver has also been used for crafting fine items such as sterling vases and estate jewelry, dining utensils, sterling candlesticks, and other items. Silver is a much sought after metal in part due to its reflective quality. Pure silver, with all its beauty, is too soft and malleable for crafting items such as jewelry and tableware, so these items are usually made of sterling silver, an alloy made by combining silver with copper or other metals, to make it more durable.

Silver reflects about 95% of the visible light spectrum, but you may not know that all of the silver on earth was formed in the supernovae of stars about 10 times the size of our sun, billions of years ago. Yes. Silver is the stuff of stars.

To keep your sterling silver antique jewelry, silver plated tea sets, and other silver heirlooms looking their best, it's important to take proper care in cleaning and storing them.

Care and Storage of Sterling Items

Proper storage of antique sterling, estate jewelry and is critical for preserving its shine and preventing the oxidation that can cause dullness and discoloration.

It is important to store sterling silver somewhere that's cool and dry. In hot climates, silver should always be kept in an air-conditioned room.

Store each piece of silverware or estate jewelry individually in its own case, pouch, or compartment. This will prevent scratches and nicks.

It is recommended that sterling silver jewelry be stored in a case that is lined with tarnish-resistant material.

Cleaning and Polishing Silver Items

Over time, silver will tarnish and requires regular cleaning to prevent this from happening. For regular cleaning of untarnished items, cleaning items with a mild solution of dish detergent and warm water is recommended. Afterward, items should be dried with a soft cloth. Never use paper towels to dry silverware.

If your silver items look a little bit dull, this is due to tarnish. A silver polishing cloth is the best way to remove tarnish, polish, and shine your silver items back to their once glistening state.

To remove heavier tarnish, it is recommended that you apply a small amount of quality silver polish using a cotton ball, sponge, or soft cloth. Next, rub until the tarnish is gone and wash off any residue. Finally, dry the silver and buff it to a shine using a silver polishing cloth.

Polishing your silver whenever it starts to look spotty or dull is usually enough to keep it in good condition, especially if you don't use it very often. As a rule, silver should be polished at least once a year and it's important to wear cotton or nitrile gloves when doing so, as the oils on your skin can contribute to tarnishing.




4 Tips to Sell Your Antiques No Matter What It Is

May 24, 2019 10:07 am

sell your antiquesSelling your antiques is very different from selling everyday items. This isn't something people do on a daily basis, making it different from selling on the local market especially because the value can be quite tricky to determine. The resale industry is estimated to have annual revenues of $17.5 billion a year, which includes revenue from antique stores. So many people are not sure where to get started when selling their valuables. Here are tips to put you on the right path and sell your antiques for a fair amount:


  1. Keep collections together: Make sure your collection is intact. Buyers prefer to buy a full set rather than pick an item here and there to make it a collection. If you are selling a Sterling silver tea set or your pure silver tea set, have all your cups and pots together. Clients do not want a set of 1979 baseball cards if the Pete Rose card is missing. Or a set of Beatles dolls without Ringo. A full set is worth more than one with a missing piece. Find the missing piece!

  2. Sell according to the season: Some items sell for a better price during certain seasons so look at the calendar before you sell. Collectible holiday ornaments will obviously not sell for top dollar in June but a Mother’s Day collection will fetch a higher price around May. Some items do not have seasons and that’s ok, but if your antique looks like something you can associate with a season, holiday, or week, keep it intact and sell it off then.

  3. Let a professional appraiser have a look: You may have a valuable antique but might not be sure how much you can actually sell it for. Your best option would be to let a professional appraiser look at it and advise you. Look for a professional who specializes in your type of antique. They will be more accurate than a professional specializing in something different. Your appraisal will include a written report with details of what an item is, how much they believe it’s worth, and how the price was estimated. Appraisals are best if your antique is a painting, artwork, ancient artifact, coin, or jewelry.

  4. Choose a place to sell: To sell your antiques, there are several methods you can consider. For instance, you can sell it at a live auction if they are in mint or near mint conditions. Contact your local auction house and find out the procedure for listing your item on the market. 
    You can also give your item to a consignment shop. Consignments shops are businesses that house and sell your valuables for a percentage of the revenue. Some shops specialize in specific items such as antique gold jewelry while others take on anything with value including antique Sterling silver. If you prefer to sell off the item yourself, you can have it listed online on a site like eBay, Ruby Lane, and Etsy.

 

Deciding whether to sell your antiques might not be a walk in the part as you are not likely to find a one-stop shop, especially if this your first time selling. However, selling your valuables does not have to be a headache if you follow the tips outlined here. Give Nelson and Nelson Antiques a call right away!