Tarnish is a thin layer of corrosion, called oxidation, (a bit like rust) that develops on many metals, particularly Sterling Silver and sometimes Gold, this can make your jewellery look dirty.
The primary cause of tarnishing, strange though it might sound, is a
chemical reaction with Sulphur and Oxygen which produces silver
sulphide, the result is a visible discoloration of the metal’s surface
i.e tarnish. So exposure to air when wearing your jewellery is the
biggest culprit for causing tarnishing, however there are many other
everyday which also contain sulphur compound, so also cause tarnishing,
things like cardboard, certain cloths, foams and adhesives can contain
high sulphur and other tarnish causing compounds.
As with all things prevention is most definitely better and easier
than cure, thats why we recommend when you're not wearing your
jewellery you should store it in an airtight container or sealed
plastic zip lock bag to prevent exposure to air, quite bizarrely
putting a stick of blackboard chalk in with your jewellery will absorb
the airborne pollutants and help prevent some damage. For items you
wear all the time like your wedding ring we recommend you try and avoid the
- Applying hair colour, permanent solution, etc. while wearing your jewellery
- Showering with your jewellery on
- Applying any of these after you've put on your jewellery - Perfume, Hair Spray, Sun Tan Lotion, Oils, Body Lotions etc
- Remove jewellery when doing physical activities or when undertaking manual work (sweat can cause tarnishing)
- Don't swim with your jewellery on.
Caring for your Silver and
As we've already established Sterling
silver and Gold will tarnish with
time and wear. To clean your Silver and Gold jewellery use a high
quality Silver / Gold cloth.
Do not use dip or polishes as these work
by removing the surface of the metal and can cause damage.
Jewellery with sandblast, brushed, cross-scratched and dazzle finishes are only recommended for occasional wear and should not be cleaned with a silver or Gold cloth, but by using warm soapy water and a soft brush an old toothbrush for example, or a rubber (eraser) will also work.
Store individual pieces separately
to avoid scratching. Protect by
wrapping in soft fabric or acid free tissue paper and storing in an airtight cool, dry place.
Avoid contact with chemicals, Cleaning products, perfume, hairspray and deodorant etc.
Our products are guaranteed against
manufacturing faults, but not misuse.
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