If you love sterling silver jewelry and are looking to buy a new necklace, ring, or bracelet to your collection, then you may want to make sure that your silver remains in good condition. This means protecting it from tarnish. Tarnish is the corrosion that forms a layer on the exterior of your silver. While tarnish does not damage your jewelry, it is unsightly. Keep reading to learn how to best protect your silver from corrosion:
Keep It Out Of Water
You may have learned that water causes corrosion. This is true, but you may not see a great deal of tarnish if you wear a ring while washing the dishes or scrubbing the floors. These simple acts polish the silver while you are wearing the jewelry. This is one reason why you may not see a great deal of tarnish if you wear your jewelry when doing simple chores.
However, some issues may develop if you are using cleaners with chemical agents. For example, any chlorine-based product will contribute to the formation of tarnish. So, if you use bleach for cleaning purposes or if you swim in a pool that is treated with chlorine, then you may see some tarnish forming. Also, some of the minerals in your water can cause tarnishing issues and so can an abundant amount of chlorine. Hot tubs contain much more chlorine than pools as well, so make sure to take your jewelry off before entering a hot tub. Remover jewelry before cleaning, swimming, bathing, or completing any other task that involves water and chemicals.
If your jewelry does become wet, then make sure to dry it completely before putting it on once again.
Exposure to the oxygen in the air is enough to cause corrosion issues. This is one reason why it is best to store your jewelry in an airtight bag or container so that oxygen exposure is minimized. Add a silica gel to the container as well if you intend on storing items long term to reduce water exposure.
When storing jewelry, make sure to take it out often to polish it. A quick polish is all you need, and you can use a microfiber cloth for this. A jewelry polishing cloth will work well too. Run the cloth along the silver in an up and down motion. This will help to remove the tarnish without spreading it around.
As you polish, move the cloth around, so you are using a clean area of the cloth at all times to do complete the task. Contact a company like J Austin & Co for more information and assistance.