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Silver jewlleries maintennace
Silver Jewellery maintenance tips
Silver is chemically known as Argentum (‘Ag’). Unlike gold, silver will easily react with oxygen and moisture present in the air forming a thin coating over the metal. This is called tarnish. It’s important that you remove it during the early stages to avoid permanent damage.
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.
Removing tarnish from silverTarnish 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. You can buy silver polishing cloth at super markets, online jewellery stores etc.
Tarnish at its worst stage
If the silver has a dark purple shade it means tarnish is at its worst. Follow the instructions as soon as possible. Make a mixture by adding two spoons of baking soda into hot water. Pour it into an aluminium pan and drop the tarnished silver into it. Take it out after sometime. Rinse it under warm running water, pat and dry using a silver polish cloth. Wrap it in an anti-tarnish paper and keep it in a dry place. The true lustre of silver will return within a few days.
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. Make sure that the polyethylene bags do not come in direct contact with silver.
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.