Sterling Silver Flatware
universal fineness mark for sterling silver is “.925”
which is stamped inside the item for identification as
sterling silver. Sterling silver is a beautiful metal that
will last for generations with proper care.
causes sterling silver flatware to tarnish?
Tarnish is usually caused by the contact of
the sterling silver to gasses in the air and food particles.
How can I prevent my sterling silver from
Many people are concerned about
their sterling silver tarnishing, but if you use it every day,
it will actually tarnish less.
Frequent use removes the need for polishing.
Over time, your sterling items will develop a warm,
rich tone called a “patina”.
A slightly darker shading (oxidation) in the design
will develop and enhance the definition of the pattern
How do I
clean my sterling silver flatware?
Silver should be cleaned immediately after use, especially after
contact with food that may cause corrosion or contain acids
such as eggs, tomatoes, mayonnaise or salt. Wash in hot soapy
water using a mild soap and rinse in clean hot water. Dry
immediately to avoid spotting. Avoid lemon scented detergents
and those containing chloride. They can be harmful to the
Do not soak your silver overnight. Prolonged immersion
in water may damage the metal. Washing in a dishwasher is not
recommended, as the extreme temperatures may loosen
hollow-handled pieces. If you do use a dishwasher, remove the
pieces before the drying cycle.
should I store my sterling silver flatware?
silver should be stored in an airtight silverware chest, in Tupperware,
or in bags made of tarnish resistant cloth as exposure
to air will accelerate tarnishing. Storing loose in drawers
will cause scratching, and some woods contain acids that will
stain the silver. Keep silver away from dampness and direct
sunlight. Do not wrap in plastic, newspaper or foil or bind
with rubber bands.
is the best way to polish my sterling silver?
with a soft cloth with any brand name silver polish, following
directions. Dips are not recommended; they will remove
the oxidation from intricate designs in the patterns.
Never use toothpaste.
Proper table setting