Post # 1
So FI and I both have selected sterling silver rings to wear for our wedding rings. We won’t be wearing them for another 10 months and I am looking for tips for how we should care for them once we start wearing them.
The rings won’t be worn 24/7 as we’ll take them off before bed, whenever we need to wash our hands or shower, whenever we are doing anything dirty…
I’ve tried to look up stuff online but I am getting conflicting information. Some say it is okay to wear 24/7 as long as you wash your hands with soapy water to keep the ring clean. But others recommend taking it off whenever it could get dirty/wet and to use a special cloth every night and morning. Another even said to wrap them in tinfoil when we are not wearing them…
So can anyone who’s owned sterling silver rings give me any tips for us to keep them looking decent?
Post # 3
This is a good question and have been meaning to look it up, but haven’t. 🙁
Theres a website called jtv.com and they have a line Belka Luce which are sterling silver with rhodium plating so they might have helpful information there on how to care for them.
Post # 4
@JessicaJupiter: I have been wearing a sterling silver w-band with my palladium e-ring every day for 7 months and it looks almost perfect still. The SS actually looks in much better condition than the palladium, which is pretty scuffed up (I don’t bring it in to get polished). I don’t do anything to care for my SS ring–but I do leave it on when I wash my hands. Good luck with yours!
Post # 5
sterling silver looks its best when worn all the time….that being said I would take it off if you’re going in a pool or using bleach….cholorine and bleach will speed up the tarnishing process and your ring will look black. It can be taken off by polishing them, but that’s a pain to do.
It’s ok to wear it 24/7
Post # 6
@megan331979: It is great to know that polishing would remove all of that as our protection plan with the jeweller covers polishings forever! I was worried that once it starts to tarnish that it was the end of them and we’d need to get new rings!
@ceebree: That is good to know that I don’t really need to be as worried as I am with wearing it all day long.
Post # 7
I”m not sure about 925 silver rings with diamonds, but I wear a silver RHR and have worn silver rings all my life and I find that when I take them off an leave them for a whil (say to go on vacation) they tarnish, but when I wear them all the time they are shiney and pretty. Even if it does tarnish, it’s not hard to polish.
Post # 8
I’ve been wearing 3 sterling silver rings every single day for approx 10 years and they are still as shiny and as beautiful as the day I got them. I don’t do anything special with them. I guess you could get some silver dip if you wanted to have something special to clean them with, but if you wear them they won’t tarnish.
Post # 9
@JessicaJupiter: I had a sterling silver wedding set, and I wore them all the time, except for in chlorine. The best way I knew to polish them was:
1. Put tinfoil in a bowl.
2. Place the ring inside the tinfoil, and cover the ring with baking soda.
3. Poor scalding hot water inside the tinfoil, and fold the foil down so it presses against the ring.
4. Let it sit for about 5-10 minutes, then take the ring out and rinse it. After you dry it, the ring should be shiny and pretty again!
Post # 10
@JessicaJupiter: of all of the sterling rings and jewelry I’ve worn, the ones that truly look the best are the pieces I wear most often. They keep their original shine longer, whereas the pieces I wear infrequently turn yellowish. Either way…a quick dip thru sterling silver cleaner (walmart jewelry brand!) and they all look brand new instantly.
Sterling really has become my preferred white metal because of it’s natural icey-white bright look, no rhodium dipping needed. And maybe it’s my body chemistry, or, just wearing it often enough, it really is effortless to keep it looking fresh!
Post # 11
@Sweetjennygirl: I agree!! White gold turns on me….whatever they plate it with seems to wear off quickly. I am not fond of the color of platinum. To me, silver has th best color of all the whit metals. I do wish it were a bit sturdier…I would love to have my diamond set in t=sterling but I am told the prongs will be prone to bending and I could lose the stone. Its not a cost thing, although I do like the price of sterling – lol. I also agree that wearing it seems to retard tarnish versus letting it sit in your jewelry box.
Post # 12
@JessicaJupiter: Oh for heaven’s sake, wear the things as you need to. Unless you normally take off rings for bedtime, wear them! Sterling is SO easy to clean, you just put a dab of silver polish on the sponge and it’s clean and sparkly. Wrapping in tinfoil? That’s nuts.
Now silver is soft and so over the years they may get banged up depending on what you or your FI are doing when wearing them, but it sounds like the advice you are quoting is something weird about tarnish. They WILL tarnish, and that’s easy to solve.
I’ve had silver rings off and on during my life time and I’ve not damaged them.
Post # 13
P.S. When we say “polish”sterling silver we mean remove the black tarnish.
Understand that in the world of silver collecting, tarnish can be desirable if it’s in the right spots. I’ve got a spoon ring that I love, a pattern from 1895. It’s got dark color in the deep parts of the carving and that gives it depth and interest.
I love silver as a metal. I really dislike white gold, as I tink about it. It’s too faxu shiney white and then the damn plating wears off. Oh, I;ve got a whilte gold ring that I’m fond of, but I gues syou could say that I don’t respect the metal, it’s so artificial. Giver me silver or yellow gold any day. I love my platinum ring as well.
Post # 14
My MIL gave me a sterling silver ring forever ago and I hardly ever wear it and it turned black! I tried polishing it, but it was still black. Then I saw on Pinterest you could polish silver with toothpaste and a toothbrush and thought “yeah right” but I tried it and it is completely back to silver! So don’t fret about tarnish…it seems there are many ways to keep rings looking good!
Post # 15
SS actually holds up better when you wear it consistently. I got a silver necklace a year avo that I never take off and it looks perfect 🙂
Post # 16
When they talk about storing silver in foil, they mean long term storage. Overnight or even a few days or months is fine. I have a pendant that has been worn by three generations. It’s still as shiny as ever, and the only time it comes off is for swimming.