How to Clean Silver Jewelry in 3 Easy Steps


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While gold jewelry has long been a standard among fashion girls, this season we’re seeing a shift. Right now, silver is making a comeback in a huge way. (Perhaps it’s all the Western-inspired pieces we saw on the fall runways?) That said, there’s no doubt that silver pieces deserve a place in your jewelry box. Look no further than the cool-girl designs of Sophie Buhai and Jennifer Fisher for proof.

If you’ve gotten into silver lately and want to invest in a pair of architectural earrings, a pendant necklace, or a simple bangle, you’ll need to know how to clean it. This metal can quickly get tarnished and dull if it isn’t cleaned properly, but thankfully it’s easy to manage. Ahead, we’re breaking down three easy steps for cleaning silver jewelry. Write these steps down, and then shop our favorite silver jewelry pieces.

1. Use a Cleaning Solution


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Dip the jewelry into a cleaning solution like Goddard’s Instant Jewelry Cleaner ($8), and let it soak for one to two minutes.

2. Rinse


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Rinse the silver piece in warm water.

3. Dry and Polish


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Use a soft cloth to gently blot the jewelry dry as you polish it.

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Associate Director, Special Projects

Kristen Nichols is the Associate Director, Special Projects at Who What Wear with over a decade of experience in fashion, editorial, and publishing. She oversees luxury content and wedding features, and covers fashion within the luxury market, runway reporting, shopping features, trends, and interviews with leading industry experts. She also contributes to podcast recordings, social media, and branded content initiatives. Kristen has worked with brands including Prada, Chanel, MyTheresa, and Luisa Via Roma, and rising designers such as Refine and Tove, and her style has been featured in publications including, Vogue France, WWD, and the CFDA. Before Who What Wear, Kristen began her career at Rodarte, where she worked on assistant styling, photo shoots, and runway shows, and at Allure, where she moved into print and digital editorial. She graduated from the University of Southern California, where she studied art history and business, and currently lives in New York.