Sterling Silver Ring Maintenance

How to Clean Spinner Rings: Step-by-Step Guide to Polishing Your Ring Properly

Note: You don't have to clean your spinner ring with soap and water all the time. Sometimes, using a jewelry polishing cloth can perfectly remove stains/tarnish and polish the surface. (You can search "jewelry polishing cloth" on Amazon to buy one, or contact us to get one) 
Now we will show you a step-by-step guide on how to clean it properly. If your spinner ring is stuck or squeaky, the steps below will help you remedy the issue.

• Step 1: Pour warm water into a bowl. Ensure that the water is not too hot as that may be harsh on the ring. A good way to check is by testing it on your skin. If the water is too hot for your skin, it is not ideal for your spinner ring.
• Step 2: Add some soap to the warm water. Ensure that you don't use harsh detergents to wash your spinner ring. Mild liquid soap like Dawn or Ajax will do just fine.
• Step 3: Mix the content in the bowl until there are bubbles on the water's surface.
• Step 4: Drop your spinner ring in the soapy bowl of water and soak for about 5 minutes.
• Step 5: While still submerged, spin your ring back and forth to remove any deposits stuck in it. Repeat until the ring starts spinning freely.
• Step 6: Remove the spinner ring and rinse with warm, clean water.
• Step 7: After cleaning, ensure that you lubricate the ring afterward (as shown in the next paragraph).

How to Make a Spinner Ring Spin Better with Lubrication

Cleaning your spinner ring is never complete without the lubrication process. Water generally causes friction and sometimes rust in metallic objects. Because of that, ending the routine of cleaning your spinner ring with soap and water may facilitate friction between the bands.
Regularly adding some form of lubrication to your spinner ring can keep it spinning quietly and smoothly. If your ring is squeaky or continues to be difficult to spin after cleaning it, try lubricating between the inner and outer bands as shown below:

• Step 1: You will need a suitable lubricant to begin. Customers have reported success with commercially available silicone-based products (industrial, automotive, or personal lubricants), graphite (commercially available graphite-based lubricant), and vegetable-based oils (especially coconut oil).

Sample lubricants: coconut oil, silicone spray.

• Step 2: Choose one of the methods below depending on the lubricant you use.
To apply vegetable oil (or other liquid silicone-based lubricant product), simply apply a small amount to your finger and rub it along the inside and outside of the ring where the bands meet.

To apply an aerosol lubricant (graphite or silicone-based), follow the instructions on the product you have selected to apply a small amount of lubricant along both edges of the band.

• Step 3: Spin the ring back and forth to work the lubricant between the bands. Once the ring is spinning smoothly and quietly, wipe it off with your paper towel or rag to remove any excess lubricant.



Tips to Keep Your Sterling Silver in Prime Condition

Your sterling silver rings will boost your mood and add character to your outfit. To keep your favorite rings in good shape so that you can wear them for many years to come, follow these simple tips:

  • Store rings individually in pouches or cases in a cool, dry place.
  • Consider sealing your sterling silver rings in airtight bags to fight humidity and oxidation.
  • 925 Sterling Silver is sturdy and does not need very frequent polishing.
  • When you polish your rings, use up-and-down strokes, not circles, as it can worsen the tarnishing or dirt.
  • Do not use chemical liquid jewelry cleaners to maintain your rings. Use a simple microfiber cloth or specially designed silver polishing cloth, pre-treated with appropriate and gentle chemicals.
  • Be sure to take your rings off when doing things that involve strong heat and sunlight, harsh chemicals, water, and sweat.
  • In general, keeping your sterling silver rings dry is the best policy. 



Why Occasionally Are My Sterling Silver Rings Turing My Fingers Green?

925 Sterling Silver means that the composition is 92.5% pure silver which has been alloyed with 7.5% copper. The mix with copper provides the durability and workability necessary to create jewelry.

While copper is a vital part of the creation process, sometimes it tends to result in the green coloring on your fingers. Especially with the reaction to sweat or water from the user, and under hot and humid weather.

Green fingers are a common occurrence when you’re a frequent ring-wearer. Don’t forget that green fingers are not necessarily a sign of cheap or low-quality rings. The composition of 925 Sterling Silver lends itself to the occasional green discoloration because of the presence of copper. Green fingers are harmless and there are simple measures you can take to prevent discoloration. It’s all a matter of preparation and maintenance!



How Can I Prevent My Ring from Turning Green (Oxidation)?

Most of our rings are made of 925 Sterling Silver. As with most silver jewelry, such as tarnish and slight discoloration to white or green after use is common. 

Now that you’ve learned a bit more about some of the reasons your sterling silver jewelry may be causing your fingers to turn green, it’s time to find out what can be done about it! There are ways to prevent your fingers from turning green, which include:

KEEP THE AREA DRY: If you wear rings over skin that is damp, you increase the likelihood of ending up with a noticeable green tint. Be mindful and remove your rings before washing your hands or taking a shower. Try to allow lotions and other body products to absorb into your skin before putting your rings on, as well. There are chemicals in beauty and cleaning products that prompt oxidation and will accelerate the deterioration of your rings. 

Don’t forget: If you are going to swim in a pool, make sure you take your rings off. The chlorine will cause your fingers to turn green and damage your rings permanently.