Jewellery care

What is tarnish?

Your silver jewellery over a long period of time develops a thin layer of tarnish. This is a coating dark in colour dulling the shiny silver. Tarnishing is a chemical reaction of hydrogen sulfide or sulfur in the air.  Silver is not reactive to water or oxygen at average temperatures. Nevertheless, the smallest amount of the metal in the alloy such as copper does tend to react with oxygen.


Reduce the time of tarnishing

To reduce the time it takes for your silver jewellery to to tarnish: do not expose it to sweat, perfumes, or other chemical substances. If exposed, your jewellery will likely tarnish faster.

We recommend to clean Gles Jewels designs with a polishing cloth when your Gles Jewels lose lustre or start to tarnish. You get it back as new!


How to store silver jewellery

Air-restricted-spaces are therefore best to store sterling silver jewellery. That is why jewellery boxes and cabinets slows down the tarnishing process, even though they are not completely airtight.


Longevity of Gles Jewel designs

All products from Gles Jewels are made from solid Sterling silver (925) unless stated. All Gles Jewels has water-resistant and anti-tarnish seal so it reduces the time it takes to tarnish.

Gles jewels designs are hypoallergenic and are made with solid sterling silver (unless stated), and/gold  materials. Which means you can enjoy them for many generations.

Once tarnished or chipped, Gles Jewels designs can be polished back to its original state unlike silver plated, silver filled, gold filled, or vermeil jewellery. Once the layer wares away in those the metal below will show causing discoloration and in some cases allergies as some plated jewellery tends to have copper, nickel or brass as the base metal. That is why solid precious metal jewellery from Gles Jewels are the best quality you can have.

See the image below for a better understanding.


What sterling silver says about your health 

The higher the acid level in one’s body, the faster Sterling Silver turns black.

On rare occasions people have high acid levels in the body, this tarnishes Sterling much faster that those with a lower acidic body. The way to neutralise it is to eat alkaline foods. Vegetables and fruit can turn an acid body and even one who suffers with heartburn into an alkaline system quickly, alleviating the acidity in the stomach and the acid levels while perspiring. 

In addition to the air, your silver jewellery may very well react with you skins alkaline levels. There’s a most times trace of sulfur on your skin, and some people have more than others.

The presence of Sulphur and amino acids can be found in perspiration like sweat, or medication containing sulphur. This can cause discoloration to your skin and jewellery made from or have trace amounts of a base metal; such as copper, brass, or nickel.

Cleaning the jewellery regularly helps to avoid this type of discoloration.



 Cleaning antique finish jewellery

Oxidized silver is a process that many jewellers use to give sterling silver a black patina or even colour patina on sterling silver. It gives the jewellery an antique or tarnished look.

If silver details start to get dull and tarnish: make sure you use a special polishing cloth for precious metal jewellery, but only on the areas which have not been specially oxidised.


Be careful: using a polish or cleanser can remove the patina entirely and bring it back to its original silver state.

If you'd prefer a jeweller to do it for you for a peace of mind, please take it to a local jewellery store, or contact us at we will send you details on how to send your Gles Jewels design back to us and we will clean it for you.


Best DIY method to get your silver jewellery as new

  • Baking soda and aluminium foil

These are the things you will need:

  • A soup bowl (any vessel of size that you need for the items you are de-tarnishing)
  • Aluminium foil
  • Boiling water
  • 1 tablespoon of baking soda for each cup of water
  • Spoon/kitchen tongs
  • A dry cleaning cloth

Here is a step by step of how to work this amazing technique:

  1. Bring the water to a boil – it should be enough water to reach the top of the bowl
  2. Take your soup bowl/vessel and line it with aluminium foil, shiny side up
  3. Add 1 tablespoon of baking soda with each cup of water into the bowl and be prepared that the solution will bubble.
  4. Instantly place the silver jewellery in the dish, it can be one or more pieces as long as it fits in the bowl. Ensure that the jewellery is touching the aluminium foil – this is an essential part of the process for the chemical reaction to occur
  5. Leave in the solution for 2-5 minutes. If the level of tarnishing is really bad then you can leave it in up to 10 minutes.
  6. Remove the jewellery with a pair of kitchen tongs or a spoon. Rinse under cool water. You may then shine it with the dry cleaning cloth. Prepare to be amazed!


Another DIY method (but half as effective)

These are the things you will need:

  • Beer
  • Bowl

Pour a cup of beer into a bowl and soak the jewellery in there for 5-10 minutes. Remove and rub clean with a cloth.