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Silver as a metal is actually too soft to make jewelry by itself. Most silver jewelry is actually about 92 percent silver and 8 percent a different metal, usually copper. Fine silver is 99 percent silver, so it is a lot more fragile. Silver can be exposed to chlorine in swimming pools, Jacuzzis and spas. Ideally, you should take your jewelry off before getting into a swimming pool or other chlorinated water.

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Run the tap until you have some warm water.

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Collect all of your silver jewelry that has been exposed to chlorine.

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Put a dab of mild dish soap on your fingers.

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Scrub the silver with your fingers.

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Rinse thoroughly with warm water.

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Hang to dry.

Tip

Do not use a toothbrush, toothpaste or baking soda to clean your jewelry. These substances are too abrasive to use on silver jewelry. Get in hard-to-reach places on your jewelry with a soft small paintbrush.