To keep jewelry looking its best, it's good to know how to keep silver jewelry from tarnishing. Sterling silver jewelry is beautiful and shiny when it's new, but when it is exposed to the air, it can tarnish and appear dull or even become black over time. The moisture and elements in the air cause silver to first turn a golden color then black if exposed to the air for a long time. Cleaning to remove the tarnish will be necessary to restore the shine to silver jewelry. Try these tricks to keep your silver jewelry from tarnishing in the first place:
- Store silver jewelry in small plastic bags. Because silver jewelry tarnishes when it is exposed to air, one way to prevent this exposure is to place each piece of jewelry in its own individual plastic bag. Small plastic bags can be purchased at hobby and craft stores in packages of 50 to 100.
- Store silver jewelry in anti-tarnish bags or with anti-tarnish strips. Jewelry supply stores sell both the anti-tarnish bags and anti-tarnish strips. Both of these can keep silver jewelry from tarnishing.
- Do not place silver jewelry on wood or in cardboard or paper containers. Wood pulp can cause silver jewelry to tarnish or mar at the point where the jewelry touches the wood or wood product. If a plastic bag or anti-tarnish bag is not available, carefully wrap the silver jewelry individually in a soft towel or wash cloth and place these in a safe place such as a drawer.