What is Tarnish?
Tarnish is a chemical compound formed due to the oxidation of silver. Usually silver reacts with hydrogen sulphide, sulphur dioxide or chloride salts in air causing a discolouration on its surface. And this discolouration is tarnish.
Tarnish in its beginning stage
If you can see a yellowish brown tinge on your silver there is nothing to worry. Your silver has just started to tarnish. All you need to do is rub your jewellery piece thoroughly with a silver polishing cloth.
Tarnish at its worst stage
If the silver has a dark purple shade it means tarnish is at its worst.
- Clean silver jewellery regularly with any phosphate free detergent.
- Do not wear silver jewellery while entering swimming pool or while showering.
- Wear your jewellery after your make up; this will reduce the contact with sun tan lotions, hair sprays, body lotions and other chemicals.
- Remove your silver jewellery before doing any physical activities (exercise or other house hold chores).
- Store your silver jewellery in an atmosphere which can retard tarnish.
Storing silver jewellery
- Silver should be stored in a tarnish repelling atmosphere i.e. wrap silver in acid-free tissues and store it in tarnish resistant cloth or polyethylene bags.
- Another trick to prevent tarnish while storing is to drop a chalk piece in the jewellery box.
- To prevent scratches make sure you store the jewellery pieces separately or wrap it in silver polish cloth individually.
- It is also important that you should never keep silver near stainless steel containers. Also don’t handle silver by wearing rubber gloves; it will increase oxidization because it emits sulphur.
- Please do not spray on any kind if alcohol or chemical based material on the jewellery. Avoid Hot water on the jewellery. Wipe the jewellery when keeping it inside by a soft cloth. Silver, Copper & Gold content may vary in each jewellery.