Can I wet my Solid Sterling Silver Jewels?

Updated: Jul 16, 2021

Well good on you for checking!!!

The short answer to this question is yes, you can wet Halestone's plain Sterling or any silver (If it's real 925). Water generally does not damage sterling silver. *But* water does cause silver to oxidize (darken) more quickly depending what type of water and the chemicals it has in it will have an impact on how fast it will change colour.

I think it's important to note that some jewellers oxidise their jewellery to begin with, and while this creates a dark effect, it will eventually wear away and the nature of the technique will generally attract more oxidiastation / tarnish over time, especially when getting wet.

Unless clearly mentioned I do not apply any sulfur to Halestone jewels as I wish to keep them hypoallergenic.

Shower water

Is generally fine - there aren’t any super harsh chemicals in tap water that would react significantly with your sterling silver jewellery. The soap and water can even help wash away any residue from your skin and dirt that can cause your silver to look dull.

Pool water

Swimming pools are usually treated with chlorine, and chlorine reacts with sterling silver. So depending on how much chlorine is in the pool, you’ll probably have to clean your silver frequently if you’re swimming frequently.

Hot Tubs? Try not to. There’s even more chlorine in hot tubs, and it’s hot. Chemical reactions generally speed up at higher temperatures, so I’d definitely try to take off your silver before getting in the pool. You might notice a definite color change afterwards that could take a fair bit of cleaning.

Salt Water Not the end of the world but salt can be corrosive and can leave residue on your jewelry which should be cleaned off. If you can, take it off before going in the water. If you forget, just rinse it with some clean water and dry it off afterwards.

Hot Springs Please don't. Hot springs often contain a lot of different minerals, specifically Sulfur. Jewelers use Sulfuric acid to intentionally oxidize silver jewelry so . . . you could be in for a big color change here. I’d advise against wearing your silver jewelry in any kind of hot spring.

Moral of the story . . . Your silver is going to change color over time, but how quickly it changes depends on how often you wear it and the chemicals you expose it to. Water itself does not damage sterling silver, it’s the chemicals in the water that can cause it to change color.

If you do notice a colour change, it’s not the end of the world - most color changes that occur do not imply damage, and can be cleaned at home, and at worst case they can be cleaned professionally.

TIP: if you aren't wearing you're jewels, store them in an air tight sealed bag, in a dry place.

Remember: its best to wear your silver jewellery (the oils from your skin help keep it clean), and do the best that you can to avoid exposing it to harsh chemicals.

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