Why does silver tarnish?

June 16, 2010 | Post by Ice Jewelry

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

Share This Post:
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • StumbleUpon
  • email
  • Print

Leave a Comment