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How to Keep Silver from Tarnishing

by admin - February 5th, 2012.
Filed under: Jewelry Care and Construction.

As I was working on one of my websites today, I noticed a link to this blog that promised more information on caring for silver jewelry. I may have mentioned in prior posts that this is the third or fourth incarnation of my blog as I’d managed to crash it beyond repair on at least a couple of occasions. I am offering my apologies to anyone who has followed that link to find that the promised information was missing! This post is meant to rectify that problem.

My primary focus in this article is how to keep silver jewelry from tarnishing, but some of the tips will also work for silver tableware and other small items.

It should come as no surprise that the main way to keep silver from tarnishing is to keep it away from the chemicals in the environment that cause the oxidation or tarnish in the first place. If you happen to live in an area such as the seashore where the atmosphere contains even more tarnishing agents, this becomes even more important. (At one time I had some of my hand-crafted jewelry in a shop on Cape Cod and saw first-hand how quickly that lovely sea air would blacken the silver.)

Since it’s mostly various elements and compounds in the atmosphere that cause the tarnish, storing your silver jewelry or flatware in an airtight container with anti-tarnish strips will go a long way to protect it. We have found that simply storing silverware in a wooden box made for the purpose and adding a few of these strips means that we no longer have to polish it all when we pull it out for the holidays. When it comes to your silver jewelry, you don’t need a fancy container. Just put it in a sealable plastic bag, add your anti-tarnish strip, and squeeze as much air as possible out of the bag before sealing it. If you don’t have any anti-tarnish strips, don’t worry. A piece of plain old blackboard chalk will do the trick! If you can’t even find a piece of chalk, just go ahead and seal the jewelry in your plastic bag. It won’t work as well this way, but it will still help to keep your silver from tarnishing as fast as it would in the open air.

2 Responses to How to Keep Silver from Tarnishing

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