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JOIE DE VIE only uses sterling silver, one of the most beautiful and lustrous of all metals. With proper care, your silver will retain its beauty and character for many generations to come.
THE FIRST RULE OF SILVER CARE
Sterling silver tarnishes, especially when exposed to salt air and products containing sulfur, such as rubber bands and some papers. However, silver that is regularly used typically needs less care, so JOIE DE VIE strongly encourages you to use or wear your silver every day.
JOIE DE VIE recommends washing silver by hand in warm water with a mild detergent. Because many food acids and gases in the air can have a corrosive effect, we suggest that you wash your silver immediately after use. Silverware, and especially knives, should not be left to soak in water. To avoid spotting, it is important to dry your silver immediately after washing.
Use quality brand silver polish. Some "dip" polishes contain harsh chemicals and should be avoided. Electrolytic cleaning (aluminum foil, salt and baking soda in a water base) is not recommended.
Begin by using a soft cloth or sponge to apply the polish. Rub each piece gently but firmly lengthwise, using straight, even strokes. You may use a small brush (like a toothbrush with natural bristles) for decorative trim or borders. Wash in sudsy water, being sure to remove all the polish. Rinse well in warm water, dry thoroughly and buff gently with a soft cloth.
An "oxidized" finish is the deliberate blackening of crevices in the ornamentation of a silver object to make its decorative details stand out more clearly. Take care as this finish can be removed by overzealous cleaning and polishing.
Once cleaned and polished, silver must be kept dry and properly stored. Our JOIE DE VIE CHARMS flannel bags will protect it from abrasion and offer a degree of tarnish prevention.
Bags made of "Pacific" cloth are also very effective in preventing tarnish.
When storing flatware in flannel rolls, be sure it is absolutely dry. If the climate is humid, place a small packet of demoisturizing crystals (e.g., silica gel) inside the roll.