For thousands of years, men and women have been captivated by the splendor of silver. The mystical white metal has marked historical milestones throughout the ages, served as a medium of exchange and become an essential metal in today's world of high-tech consumer goods. Silver's main asset is the diversity of its uses. Its unique properties include beauty, strength, sensitivity to light, malleability and ductility, electrical and thermal conductivity, reflectivity and the ability to endure extreme temperature changes. These properties allow scientists and engineers around the world to undertake groundbreaking research that changes the way we live. Today, demand for silver is built on three main pillars; industrial uses, jewelry & silverware, and photography. Together, these three categories represent more than 95 percent of annual silver consumption.
In all methods of silver care, the first rule is standart; all silver objects should be kept clean and free from dust and surface grime.
Normally, most of the silver objects loose their brightness as time passes. But , again normally, you want them to be bright. Then here are a few ways you can achieve this:
If you are able to find, use silver polish. Silver polish must be used with a convenient piece of cloth, and you must never forget that if the piece of cloth you use is not smooth, then you will end up with a really bad result. Our advice, use a piece of cutton with the polish and wait about 30 minutes. Then, again use a piece of "clean" cutton to remove the remains of the polish.
If you are unable to find silver polish, then use a phosphate-free detergent.
A common mistake is using a toothpaste to clean the silver. Never use toothpaste. Some toothpastes contain baking soda or other ingredients which are much too abrasive; even trace amounts may cause serious damage