Delicate and Minimalist Jewellery in Canberra ACT

The Ultimate Guide to Caring for Your 925 Sterling Silver Jewellery

Sterling silver is a jewel in the crown of fine accessories, known for its gleaming finish and versatility. At our workshop in Canberra, we specialise in crafting delicate and minimalist jewellery from 925 Sterling Silver, a favourite among those who cherish timeless elegance. This precious metal isn't just chosen for its beauty; it's also prized for its durability and ease of care, making it an ideal choice for day-to-day wear.

Understanding how to look after your sterling silver jewellery enables you to maintain its shine and extend its life, ensuring it remains as captivating as the day you first wore it. Whether it's a cherished necklace, a pair of elegant earrings, or a delicate bracelet, the right care routine can make all the difference. We're here to guide you through the essentials of handling, cleaning, and storing your sterling silver pieces. This way, you'll be equipped with the knowledge to keep your jewellery looking its best, making each piece a lasting component of your personal style.

Understanding 925 Sterling Silver: Properties and Significance

925 Sterling Silver, often referred to simply as Sterling Silver, is a widely preferred material in our jewellery-making due to its optimal balance between quality and affordability. This alloy, which is composed of 92.5% silver and 7.5% other metals, typically copper, ensures extra durability while maintaining the malleable properties of pure silver. This combination proves especially advantageous in crafting the delicate and intricate designs that we’re passionate about.

The significance of 925 Sterling Silver extends beyond its physical attributes. Silver has been associated with numerous cultural and spiritual meanings across history, often seen as a symbol of clarity, purity, and value. These characteristics make Sterling Silver not just an accessory choice but a meaningful gift for a wide array of occasions—from birthdays to anniversaries. Each piece serves not only as a decorative item but also as a potential heirloom, carrying personal stories and high sentimental value.

Daily Care Tips for Your Sterling Silver Jewellery

To maintain the pristine condition of your Sterling Silver jewellery, regular care is essential. Even though Sterling Silver is durable, exposure to elements like air and moisture can lead to tarnishing. Simple daily care routines can significantly prolong the life of your silver pieces, ensuring they remain as stunning as when you first wore them.

Firstly, it's advisable to remove your Sterling Silver jewellery when engaging in activities that might expose it to harsh chemicals, such as swimming or cleaning, as substances like chlorine and bleach can cause damage. Secondly, consider applying cosmetics, perfumes, and hair products before putting on your jewellery. These products can leave a residue on Silver, potentially tarnishing it over time. After wearing your jewellery, gently wiping it with a soft, lint-free cloth helps remove any oils or residues and restore its gleam. Proper daily care for your Sterling Silver jewellery ensures it remains clean and luminous, ready to complement your outfits beautifully.

Dealing with Tarnish: Best Practices for Polishing Silver

Even with diligent care, sterling silver jewellery can eventually exhibit tarnish— a dulling that occurs when silver reacts with sulphur or hydrogen sulphide in the ambient air. Fortunately, tarnish is only a surface issue and can be removed without harming your precious pieces. A few proactive and straightforward methods can restore their original shine and brilliance. It’s best to use a special silver cloth that has been impregnated with silver polish and anti-tarnish agents to buff your jewellery gently. These cloths are soft and will not scratch the surface. Alternatively, for more thorough cleaning, a soft brush and warm soapy water can be used to gently scrub the silver, followed by a rinse in clean water. For intricate pieces, employ a soft toothbrush to get into crevices.

Moreover, if homemade solutions appeal to you, baking soda and water can be made into a paste and applied using a soft cloth or sponge. This paste allows for gentle abrasion that pulls away tarnish without scratching your jewellery. It is vital, however, to thoroughly rinse and dry your pieces after cleaning to prevent residual baking soda from causing any damage. Regular polishing will maintain the lustre and delay the onset of tarnish, keeping your jewellery looking impeccable.

Long-Term Storage Solutions: Keeping Your Silver Sparkling

Proper storage is key to preserving the longevity and beauty of your sterling silver jewellery. When not in use, special care should be taken to store your silver pieces in a dry and cool place. Moisture is one of the primary causes of tarnish, and temperature fluctuations can exacerbate the problem. To combat this, each piece of jewellery should ideally be stored individually, either wrapped in a soft cloth or kept inside a jewellery pouch. These barriers prevent the pieces from being exposed to the open air and reduce the chance of scratches or other damage.

Additionally, to further protect your jewellery, consider using anti-tarnish strips that can be placed in your storage area. These strips are designed to absorb the pollutants in the air that lead to tarnish, providing an extra layer of protection for your silver. For collections that are seldom worn, silica gel packets might also be included to absorb any excess moisture. By implementing these simple and effective storage solutions, you can ensure that your sterling silver jewellery remains in pristine condition, ready to be enjoyed for many years to come.


Caring for and preserving the beauty of 925 Sterling Silver jewellery requires conscious effort and attention to detail. From understanding its properties to daily cleaning routines, dealing with tarnishes, and employing effective storage solutions, each step is crucial in maintaining the aesthetic and structural integrity of your pieces. At Acahua, we pride ourselves on offering expertly crafted, minimalist silver jewellery that complements any occasion or style. Remember, the longevity of your jewellery lies in how well you care for it—let it continue to tell your story beautifully. Explore our collection today and find timeless pieces that resonate with your cherished moments and personal stories.