Minimizing Jewelry Tarnish

(Pictured above is the 360º Large and Short Pendant Necklace)

With the exception of the pure metals (e.g. Platinum, 24k Gold and Fine Silver), metals typically used for jewelry are a combination of two or more metals.  At least one metal in the combination is a base metal - usually copper or nickel.  It is the base metal, that causes jewelry to tarnish - not because it is defective, but, as a result of a natural chemical reaction with either oxygen, sulfur dioxide, human perspiration or some combination of the three.

In this article, we share three tips for minimizing jewelry tarnish.

Pareure Jewelry Jewelry packaged in a resealable bag.

1.  Store jewelry in resealable bags.  Be sure to push as much air out of the bag as possible before sealing it.

Pareure Jewelry Jewelry inside the compartments of an anti-tarnish lined jewelry box drawer.

2.  Line your jewelry storage containers or wrap your jewelry with anti-tarnish fabric, which can be purchased at most fabric stores.  Some jewelry boxes are pre-lined with anti-tarnish fabric, as shown in the. compartments of the jewelry box pictured above.

Pareure Jewelry 360º Large and Short Sterling Silver Pendant Necklace

3.  Have your jewelry professionally plated with Rhodium, which is invisible to the naked eye.  Typically, Rhodium plating is applied as a thin layer; so, if you choose this route, be prepared to have your jewelry re-plated at least once per year.

Tarnish is a force of nature that can be reckoned with.

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