One of the most common questions I get is how to clean sterling silver jewelry, particularly if there are stones. Sterling silver jewelry can tarnish over time, which is due to the oxidation of the alloy in silver (usually that alloy is copper). Since many stones may be damaged in commercial sterling silver cleaner solutions, I suggest these three alternative ways to clean your sterling silver jewelry:
To prevent your sterling silver jewelry from tarnishing in the future, store each jewelry piece in ziplock plastic baggies. The airtight seal will prevent the oxidation reaction from happening and will slow down tarnishing.
One last note: Silver plated, silver-filled, fine silver, and other silver-like metals such as argentium may have different needs for care and cleaning. Be sure to consult with a professional jeweler on proper care of these metals.