Most silver jewellery can tolerate light hand soaps without damage. However, different finishes and materials will need different types of care in order to prolong their condition. We always recommend removing any jewellery when exercising, cleaning, or doing any other activity that could damage or warp the jewellery. Keep precious metals away from direct sunlight or heat to prevent warping.
General daily wear and contact with water and mild hand soaps will give untreated sterling silver jewellery a natural shine - just be sure to not immerse silver in harsh chemicals such as bleach or chlorine. Silver polishing cloth can also be used to give your pieces a new life.
Oxidisation is the process of blackening silver by use of a solution called Liver of Sulfur. After applying this treatment, we coat the jewellery with a thin layer of beeswax to give it a light polish and protection. That being said, it is a surface treatment only, and will wear away over time depending on how often it is worn or in contact with another surface - it is not a sign of a faulty product. Typically, jewellery that has more contact with other surfaces will see oxidisation wear away faster - for example rings and bracelets will fade faster than pendants and earrings.