Post # 1
Today I bought a very cheap sterling silver & amber RHR… until I got engaged I was never much of a ring person but since getting engaged, I’ve become so used to having a ring that I really wanted one for my right hand!
Despite how super cheap it was, I really really love this silver ring a lot! But I don’t know much about silver jewelry… especially rings! I’m worried it won’t hold up well.
Does anyone have any specific tips for keeping it nice/shiny/untarnished/etc? Including how often to clean it/polish it (and what with?) I anticipate wearing it almost daily, so it will be exposed to a lot!
Sorry for all the questions. I’m a totally jewelry n00b! Haha
(Including a pic of the ring just for fun haha And if you have any cheap-but-pretty silver beauties, I’d love to see too, along with your tips! Thank you!)
Post # 2
citizenerased14 popped in to say that its a very pretty ring!
I had a silver ring I loved and wore daily for a lot of years. I got it rhodium plated for extra durability. It cost about $50 to do and I used to have it done every 2 to 3 years. It still looked new until it was stolen during a break in. Maybe consider this as an option
Post # 3
The best thing you can do for silver jewelry is wear it daily. It will tarnish in your jewelry box but will stay nice and shiny if you wear it often. I have a silver ring I have worn every day for years and it’s in great condition. But, I think amber is quite soft, so I would remove it for any activities where it might get scratched or exposed to harsh chemicals. The amber is definitely more likely get damaged than the silver.
Post # 4
datura : Thank you both for these helpful replies! I will look into plating as an option for the future, and I hadn’t even considered how delicate the amber could be! I will be sure to be careful with it (and hopefully by wearing it often, it will not tarnish 🙂 ) Thanks again, bees!
Post # 5
If your silver ring is not plated, it might get black with time (tarnished). If you do not like this look, you can buy silver polishing cloth, use it to polish the ring and it will be shiny again. Afterwards, the cloth will become black, but do not wash it or throw it away, keep using it, it will still work.
Do not use any harsh materials on Amber, just rinse it with water from time to time .
It’s a beautiful ring, and Amber is considered lucky in some cultures.
Post # 6
I also forgot to stress that because you have a delicate amber set in your silver, you need to skip some harsh ways to clean silver (such as bath in cleaning solutions etc). That’s why I suggested silver polishing cloth, which you should be able to buy in most jewelry stores, some give it for free. That’s how I clean my silver Amber rings and pendants and it works, they are not plated, they regularly get black due to tarnish, but it takes less than a minute to polish them back. Right now I’m using the brand below, but I also used cheaper ones from Muji and they worked the same. I know that Pandora sells such cloth in a set with other cleaning items (brush that resembles a tootbrush) but this set is very expensive.
And some links to supplement what written above http://www.jewelrynotes.com/clean-care-amber-jewelry/ http://www.amberman.com/care.php
Post # 7
Below are my silver set amber rings.
The big one is the ring my father bought for my mum when they first started dating. I wore it a lot in high school.
The 3 round stone belonged to my Grandma (a gift from my oldest male cousin). One stone was lost and I got it replaced with a bit darker Amber from my earing. I never saw my Grandma wearing it and I also did not find occasion for it, but I like to keep it.
The three colored band I bought last year, then I went to the concert where I clapped a lot and the yellow amber shattered a bit, it can be seen up close, so you see ambers are really delicate
Post # 8
lovinggemstones : Thank you so much for all your helpful advice! And for sharing your rings too… beautiful!
Post # 9
It is a very pretty ring . Sterling silver is easy, just use a polishing cloth. It does not need plating of any sort and will not tarnish if worn often. I don’t put stones in my electronic cleaner though I do put the plain silver in now and then.
I have masses of silver, some years old – even antique – quite a few pieces are amber . Not a problem, and unless you work in concreting or something, no reason not to wear it every day .
Post # 10
citizenerased14 : the amber is more delicate that the silver, you need to look up amber care as well