Why does silver tarnish?

Women can prevent silver from tarnishing.Silver is one of the most beloved metals out there, and for good reason. Silver jewelry is often inexpensive, easy-to-find, and lovely pieces are created from the metal all over the world.

However, there is one drawback to silver – it tarnishes. That’s when it turns browns and black. Aside from detracting from the beauty of the pieces, these marks can also stain one’s clothes.

So, how does this happen? Unfortunately, the process of tarnishing is natural. When the metal is exposed to air, it causes a chemical reaction known as silver sulfate. Sulfur is always in the atmosphere as the result of burning fossil fuels.

To prevent this from taking place, much of the silver sold today is covered with a thin protective layer of rhodium. This process, known as flashing, also keeps silver jewelry whiter, brighter and shinier. So it’s a win-win situation.

Women who adore their silver pieces can also take further steps to prevent tarnishing. Storing your jewelry in air-tight bins protects them and inhibits the chemical reaction.

Lastly, those who have already noticed their silver tarnishing can also clean their lovely pieces. Women can use a polishing cloth or even take their items to their local jeweler, who will clean them on a Buffing Wheel.

Jewelry lovers can even make use of a home remedy by boiling water in an aluminum pot and adding baking soda. The froth that is created from the process can be applied to the tarnished silver.

It only takes a small amount of time to wind up with beautiful pieces. Isn’t the extra effort worth it?ADNFCR-2807-ID-19839479-ADNFCR

Athletic girls need bling too! Jewelry tips for an active lifestyle

Venus and Serena Williams always look stylish on the court. As the spring approaches and the weather changes across the country, athletes will begin to emerge from the gym and take to the streets, outdoor tracks, tennis courts and golf courses to enjoy the sun and get some fresh air.

If your warm-weather routine involves heading straight from the office to the activity of your choice, it can be a frustrating to fit all of your athletic gear and your work stuff into one bag.

To make things simple for yourself, wear jewelry to work that will look great during the day but be comfortable during your work out.

Because chunky items may get annoying if you jog or play an active sport, stick to delicate necklaces with small charms, so that you won’t have to stick one of your favorite statement pieces in your pocket and risk losing it.

If you plan on burning some major calories in your accessories, it’s best to stick to pieces that are pure silver, gold or platinum. Fillers like nickel may eventually irritate skin, especially if you put in a rigorous workout.

Ice.com Jewelry in Harper’s Bazaar

Here’s Ice.com in the April issue of Harper’s Bazaar.

The theme for April was Looking Good at Any Age, and they picked this multi colored pearl and silver bracelet as the ideal wristwear for the more mature crowd.
Pearl Bracelet
While it would certainly look good on Barbra Walters, it transcends age limitations. Aa a fun and modern version of more tradional pearls, this bracelet would make a great piece for spring and summer wear.

Match it with other silver jewelry to bring out the subtle silver highlights.