Sterling silver jewelry requires more care, than gold. Properly maintaining sterling, can at times be overwhelming. With patience, and understanding of this metal, your sterling should last a long long time. Knowing the facts about this silver, will prevent frustration.
At a glance, it is not often easy to tell the difference, between white gold and sterling silver jewelry. There is however one thing, that separates sterling from gold. Pure silver, and white gold do not change color. Sterling silver, however does. And some people are more likely than others to see their jewelry corrode.
If it seems that sterling silver jewelry, quickly tarnishes once it touches your skin, this is not your imagination, and you are not alone. Many others also deal with this issue. The reasons why sterling silver turns green or black, when worn by certain individuals, are varied. Here are 5.
1 Most sterling is 92% silver which does not tarnish. The 8% composition of other metals is the problem. Most sterling has 7.5 percent copper. One major reason sterling silver jewelry turns black is because it is exposed to gases in the air. It is recommended that sterling silver be kept in an tight plastic zip lock bag, to prevent tarnish.
2. Sweat is another culprit. I recall wearing a new silver necklace one hot summer day, and it looked coroded within 30 minutes.
3. If you eat Sulfuric foods such as eggs and onions, it may come through your skin and cause your jewelry to turn green or black. Certain shampoos and prescription medications also contain sulfur.
4. Rubber bands and latex gloves can also cause oxidation producing silver sulfate when silver is exposed to the air.
5.Not wearing your sterling silver on a regular basis may cause it to tarnish quicker.
Now that you know why your jewelry is changing colors you need to know how to prevent or reverse the situation.Here are 5 suggestions.
1. Keeping your jewelry in an air tight plastic zip lock bag will keep out the air and moisture.
2. Clean your sterling silver often. You can purchase commercial cleaners and special silver cloths, or do it yourself at home. I clean my silver by brushing it with toothpaste, using a soft toothbrush. I also use this method for my white gold jewelry. I rinse with warm water and use a soft cloth to dry and polish my jewelry.
3. Make your sterling jewelry the last thin you put on, before going out, and make it the first thing you take off.
4. Do not wash dishes, or swim in your jewelry. Keep it away from water as much as possible.Gold can be worn at all times, but sterling silver cannot.
5. If all of this is a bit too much, consider saving your money and purchasing platinum, or 10k white gold jewelry, which costs more but needs a lot less maintenance.