About 925 Sterling Silver
Sterling silver is a combination of 92.5% of silver and 7.5% of other metals like copper or nickel to help with strength, durability and sparkle.
Why does silver eventually tarnish or seem like it has faded?
While it does have long lasting durability, it can lose its shine and in worst case scenarios even turn black overtime – it’s actually “normal” and there is nothing we can do about it for as long as we are breathing, literally.
It happens because the other metals (e.g. copper), reacts with the moisture and sulfur in the air. They fuse to the silver and that is what causes discolouration.
It goes without saying that all sterling silver will tarnish over time, despite the quality or price. HOWEVER we can prevent and slow down the process.
How to keep your jewellery sparkle
Store your silver jewellery away in a jewellery box. You can even go as far as using airtight bags. An added step is to include silica gel or a piece of chalk to absorb the moisture.
Clean your jewellery to get rid of body oils and other elements that have built up on the surface. You can do this by using warm water and gentle hand soap, and drying with a soft cloth to remove water spots.
Remove jewellery before making contact with water – swimming, showering etc..
When getting ready to start your day, always add jewellery last. Leave them for the final touch – this will help avoid any contact with makeup, lotions and other cosmetics.
Ingrini would like to give a big thank you to Keefirivunts who provided very insightful information in order to write this post.