What is Tarnish?

We occasionally get messages from customers concerned about black appearing on their jewellery item and questioning the quality of the item. What they don’t perhaps know is that Sterling Silver is naturally prone to tarnish which can be exacerbated by exposure to sulphur found in cleaning and personal care products – even hot spring water!

With time, any sterling silver jewellery piece that is exposed to air will tarnish. Sterling silver is a mixture of metals with at least 92.5% silver and 7.5% other metals.
And it is the other metals, usually copper, that oxidise in the air resulting in the build up of a tarnished layer on sterling silver jewellery.

The amount of tarnish that occurs can also be dependent on the skin type and care habits of the wearer.

Here are some tips to prevent your Sterling Silver jewellery from tarnishing and how to clean tarnished jewellery:

It is recommended that you store your jewellery in an airtight container or ziplock bag, ideally together with an anti-tarnish paper strip/tab.

Take your jewellery off when showering, sleeping or doing exercise to avoid exposure to possible contaminants.

Tarnishing is not a manufacturing fault, and can be cleaned using hot water, soap and a soft cloth/old toothbrush to lightly rub/scrub the surface to restore the shine. Rinse in clean hot water, and dry using a soft cloth.

There are also many commercial silver jewellery cleaning cloths and dips available to keep your special items looking their best. Please note that we do not advise using chemical cleaning cloths or chemical dips for gold plated jewellery. Best is to use a soft polishing cloth or even better drop your items off for professional cleaning and re-plating at our studio in Hout Bay.

Rays of Light Collection

It’s nothing new that the whole world has been in a pretty chaotic state, a lot of us found ourselves in the most difficult time. Some have lost jobs, lost businesses and others have even lost loved ones.

In the midst of this dark time in the pandemic, Nikki found inspiration. For those of you who don’t know her, she is a business woman, mother and entrepreneur with a passion and drive to make things happen. The pandemic took its toll on her and her business, but through it all she held on and pushed even harder to create new designs and restructure her business. She took the opportunity to move to a new store on the main road in Hout Bay, because she saw the light at the end of the tunnel. “I had to decide if I wanted to fade or create. So I created.”

With a new energy and hope, Nikki decided to share this inspiration and feeling with her local customers in the best possible way she could – she created a beautiful new range dedicated to hope – “Rays of Light”

Inspired by the elements of light, the Rays of Light Collection embraces the radiant beauty around us in all its forms. From the gentle morning light, the warmth of the summer sun, to the glow of the moon and twinkle of the stars at night. We dedicate this range to the magical sources of light which are constantly around us as a daily reminder of the beauty of life.

Highlight Pieces For July

Winter has officially hit us over the past couple of weeks, and as seasons change, it inspires us to create new pieces of jewellery. We love sharing our jewellery, new and old with you. This month we have decided to share the following with you:

Puzzle Piece Necklace

A perfect gift for a group of friends to express your friendship. Why not give one to each friend, no matter how close or distant you are? Get a discount when buying as a set of more than 1. We love how when buying more than one, the pieces genuinely fit together like a puzzle. Available in sterling silver only. If you’re quick, you may also be lucky enough to get it on sale!

Diamond in Africa

Have you or somebody you know left their heart in Africa? We know just how hard it is to leave such a beautiful place. Take Africa with you wherever you go. The sterling silver pendant is complete with a small genuine diamond and makes a perfect gift too.

Opalite Necklace

Africa Did you know that Opalite is a manmade glass resin with an inherent milky glow and amazing iridescent colours? This beautiful Opalite Africa on chain is available in sterling silver, rose gold plated and gold plated.

Special Stone Necklace

Blue Topaz How beautiful is the Blue Topaz? We love it so much that we thought that this semi-precious stone would look absolutely perfect on a sterling silver or gold plated chain. This piece is so unique and is perfect for women of all ages.

Dewdrop Bracelet

Petite The Dewdrop Necklace is an obvious favourite, especially for our Spirit Babes who follow us on Instagram. We knew that we needed to complete the Dewdrop family by adding a Petite Dewdrop Bracelet in sterling silver, rose gold plated and gold plated to the mix. With multiple small disc pendants on the chain, this piece is delicate and beautiful and can be worn for every occasion.

Marquise Stud Earring

Can you say sophistication? Our Marquise Stud Earring is a piece that we are just head over heels for. Winter or summer, these earrings will finish off your outfit perfectly no matter what it looks like. Headed into the office? Drinks with the girls or date night? Just pop them in to complete the look, no matter what the occasion. These beauts are available in sterling silver, rose gold plated or gold plated and we love them in every variation.

Which piece from the above list is your favourite? Which do you think you’d wear the most? Visit us on our Instagram account and be sure to say hi!

Constant Creation of Jewellery Inspired by Our Surroundings.

If you’re an online shopping junkie, you’ll probably know that we are often adding new jewellery to our on-line store.

Because we are constantly inspired by all of the beauty surrounding us – nature especially, our designs and creation of new pieces never switches off. 

We are incredibly excited about a few of the latest additions that are now available to shop, both on-line and in store, and we’d love to tell you a bit about some of them:

1. Clamshell Necklace

Inspired by the numerous breathtaking beaches that surround us living in the Cape – naturally, this simple, but elegant Clamshell Necklace was brought to life.

The Clamshell pendant is complete with a hanging pearl and is available in sterling silver only.

Shop the Clamshell Necklace now.

2. Dreamcatcher Necklace

There’s nothing like that carefree lifestyle that many of us chase after. Our beautiful Dreamcatcher Necklace has 7 feather charm pendants which hang from the chain. Whether you are a lover of gold plated, rose gold plated or sterling silver – we’ve got you covered!


Shop the Dreamcatcher Necklace now.

3. Man In The  Moon Necklace

Sometimes there’s no better feeling than being out of touch with real life. Our Man In The Moon Necklace is a perfect reminder to just dream a little. This beauty was inspired by mythology, tradition and science.

Available in sterling silver or gold plated – this unique piece will complete any outfit and will most certainly be a conversation starter!


Shop it now.

The Amethyst – February

If you were born in Feburary, many of you may already be well aware that your birthstone is the beautiful Amethyst, which is a variety of Quartz that carries an incredible purple colour that ranges from a blend of deep violet and red to a lighter lilac hue.

It is said that the Amethyst strengthens relationships and gives its wearer courage. There was a time that only royalty could wear the gem. We love that it is a stone of spiritual protection and purification, cleaning one’s energy field of negative influences and attachments, and creating a resonant shield of spiritual light around the body. It acts as a barrier against lower energies, geopathic stress and unhealthy environments.

With it being the month of love, there’s no room for negativity – so the Amethyst is a perfect birthstone for this month. We can custom-make most of our stone earrings and beaded bracelets to include Amethyst stones.  Enquires can be e-mailed to info@spiritjewellery.co.za

You can also find this beautiful pale Amethyst Solitaire ring online.