One of the most frequent questions I get about metal jewelry is will this tarnish? The short answer is usually yes...but there's a lot more to the story than a quick yes or no.
When using the word tarnish, I've come to realize most people mean will this turn my neck/finger/wrist/ears black or green or some other funky colour? In regards to our jewelry the answer is a resounding NO. This usually only happens with low-quality nickel-laden metals that often have a price tag to match their lifespan.
What does happen with some metals is oxidization. It's a naturally occurring reaction between the oxygen in the air and the metal. With sterling silver, it slowly causes a light yellowish layer to build up on your ring or bracelet or earrings. With time and more oxidization this layer gets darker and darker. With raw brass the same process results in a darkening of the metal, creating a patina. The good news is that you can stop it yourself at home, for free. Here's how.
It's my experience that the more you wear your silver jewelry, the less it tarnishes. It often comes in direct contact with oils from your skin or in the case of rings is washed with soap and water frequently, both of which help reduce the oxidization process.
If your silver does start to look dull or yellowish, there's a couple things you can do.
Raw brass does need some care to remain shiny & bright. It's a very porous metal and tends to show contact with moisture more than other metals.
If your raw brass develops a patina that you don't like, there's a couple things you can do.
Gold fill requires minimal care. It has a thick layer of gold heat-bonded to a brass core. You may notice a darkening at solder joints if some brass has come through due to sanding, filing, etc. Here's what to do.
Remember that you can always bring your jewelry to us for cleaning, free of charge! Email us for details.
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