When I make jewelry I prefer to use sterling silver wire or findings. Though base metal is a great money saver, there is just something so appealing and special about sterling silver that captivates me, so it is my go-to metal every time. It is traditional, it has intrinsic value and it makes me feel like I am part of a great jewelry tradition that has been passed down for centuries. The only drawback to sterling silver is its susceptibility to tarnish. I know a lot of customers are concerned about this. They worry that if they give a piece of sterling silver jewelry that the recipient may be disappointed when the piece eventually tarnishes. To those people, I say fear not! With a little care, the specter of tarnish can be easily vanquished with just a few precautionary steps.
Tarnish is the result of a chemical reaction with sulfur-containing substances in the air. Though tarnish is annoying it need not spoil your enthusiasm for silver. With just a few steps you can slow the process down dramatically. Storing sterling silver in a Ziploc bag or dry airtight container like Tupperware can help prevent the onset of tarnish. Including Anti-Tarnish Tabs in with your jewelry during storage can further protect against tarnish for up to 6 months.When you do need to clean your sterling silver it’s easy to remove the tarnish by buffing it clean with a Brilliant Polishing Cloth or a Pro Polish Pad. These products include a chemical agent that helps remove the tarnish with ease.When I give a piece of jewelry I like to include a personalized note along with a little instruction card listing these tarnish prevention tips. To sweeten the deal I often include either an Anti-Tarnish Tab or Pro Polish Pad in the gift box as well so the recipient is already prepared to keep their new jewelry pristine and gleaming.I find this little extra attention and forethought really adds value to the gift, and it is always greatly appreciated!
To find out more about tarnish prevention and learn some additional care tips please see our previous blog posts Cleaning and Caring For Your Sterling Silver Jewelry and Tuesday Tips and Tricks about tarnish.
Happy Tuesday – Rebecca