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Liquid Silver Necklace & Jewelry

Updated on March 15, 2014
Liquid silver necklace
Liquid silver necklace

I had never heard of liquid silver until 2002 when a friend of mine mentioned that she had always wanted a liquid silver necklace.

Since Christmas was coming up, I thought I'd search for a nice liquid silver necklace for her online. I found some really beautiful necklaces and actually did end up buying her one.

If you're not familiar with liquid silver, "liquid silver" is a term used to describe jewelry that is made with multiple strands of small .925 sterling silver tubular beads. The beads are made by drawing small ribbons of silver through a drawplate that forms a thin, silver tube that is then cut into beads. The holes are large in relation to the diameter of the tube which makes easy to string. By having multiple strands of tiny shimmering beads, it creates a very fluid look. The multiple strands when worn resemble cascading water.

The liquid silver jewelry that I have seen is very durable. Most of them seem to be made on what is referred to as a mini cable that is actually a seven-strand nylon coated stainless steel stringing wire made for beadwork.

Care and Cleaning of Liquid Silver Jewelry

It is recommended that when you're not wearing your liquid silver jewelry, that you store it properly in an airtight plastic bag. You should lay long stranded necklaces in a figure 8 to avoid kinking. Store it away from moisture to avoid tarnishing.

Avoid showering, using lotions near the jewelry, or sweating with your jewelry on. You should also store the jewelry periodically.

Because liquid silver is made from real sterling silver, it is prone to tarnishing. You will find that it tarnishes quicker in humid climates in the Southeast United States and slower in the Southwest where it is dry.

When cleaning your jewelry DO NOT use water. It is recommended that you sprinkle dry baking power onto a white cloth. DO NOT use baking soda because it is far too abrasive for the beads, Hold one end of the jewelry with one hand and firmly rub the liquid silver with the cloth spread in the other hand, pulling the strands through the cloth downward. Repeat this process until all tarnish is removed. Once the strands appear clean, shake them gently to remove any excess powder.

You can also use a silver polishing cloth if the item isn't tarnished too badly.

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      Kelli 

      6 years ago

      So excited that I just had to post. I have a 30"/30 strand liquid silver necklace that I've had for 15+ yrs. About 10 yrs ago I discovered that it had been placed out of it's bag in a drawer and was tarnished terribly. I read how you should never dip the necklace in a liquid cleaner and I was afraid to do anything. So I haven't been wearing it (for 10 yrs!). Ran across this information about cleaning with baking powder and decided to try it. AMAZING - necklace that did not shine and was almost black with tarnish looks nearly new. I feel like I have found a new piece of jewelry that I can now enjoy. It is already back in its protective bag and I'll never let it tarnish like this again!

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      melodyandes 

      6 years ago

      I had never heard this stuff before. Thanks for the info.

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      jewellery channel 

      7 years ago

      excellent information..thanks

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      thecelt 

      8 years ago

      Excellent hub on a gorgeous necklace! Including the section on care is a great idea since many people do not know how to properly care for silver.

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      KRC 

      8 years ago from Central Texas

      Thank you Ethel. I tend to prefer gold over traditional silver pieces, but this liquid silver is too pretty to ignore. Thanks for stopping by!

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      Eileen Kersey 

      8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      I love silver jewellery but it can tarnish so. Lovely hub

    • KCC Big Country profile imageAUTHOR

      KRC 

      9 years ago from Central Texas

      I bet she'll love it, Christoph! Thanks for stopping by!

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      Christoph Reilly 

      9 years ago from St. Louis

      Very nice. The Mrs. likes silver, so maybe next...um..whatever the next time that I have to get her something.

    • KCC Big Country profile imageAUTHOR

      KRC 

      9 years ago from Central Texas

      Glad you enjoyed it Dennise. I'm still looking for a better video to show it. I don't like the strands so spread out. I like them bunched together like on the first picture.

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      dennisematt 

      9 years ago

      OOOOO!!!!PRETTY!!!! I had heard of this, with Gold. I like silver much better! The Baking Powder info is quite helpful, as I have always used soda, and had no idea powder was better! Thanks.

    • KCC Big Country profile imageAUTHOR

      KRC 

      9 years ago from Central Texas

      Thanks Jim & Emohealer! These pictures really don't do it justice. It's absolutely the prettiest jewelry I've ever seen. So shimmery and soft. Thanks for stopping by!

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      Sioux Ramos 

      9 years ago from South Carolina

      I had heard of liquid silver, but had no idea what it was. How beautiful! I am very partial to silver over gold in jewelry, thanks for sharing new options for my future jewlery shopping.

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      jim10 

      9 years ago from ma

      Never heard of it either. But, it sure does look pretty.

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