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My Sterling Silver Jewellery Turned Black, How Do I Restore It?

My Sterling Silver Jewellery Turned Black, How Do I Restore It?

When cherished sterling silver darkens, it's often due to tarnish. Here's a concise overview of why this happens and how to address it.

Tarnished silver

Why Does Sterling Silver Turn Black?

Tarnish occurs when sterling silver reacts with sulphur-containing substances, especially hydrogen sulphide, in the air.

Factors that speed up tarnishing:

  • Pollutants: Living in high-pollution areas or coastal regions can cause faster tarnishing.
  • Skin's pH: Some individuals may cause silver to tarnish quickly due to their skin's natural oils and pH.
  • Household Substances: Chemicals, cosmetics, and certain foods can trigger tarnishing.

Prevent silver tarnish

How to Prevent Tarnish

  1. Clean Regularly: Wipe your items with a soft cloth after wearing them.
  2. Safe Storage: Store in a cool, dry location, preferably air-tight bags.
  3. Avoid Exposure: Remove jewellery during household tasks or when applying beauty products.
  4. Frequent Wear: Wearing silver can reduce tarnish, thanks to the skin's natural oils.

Restoring silver

Restoring Your Silver

  1. Polishing: Use a specialised silver cloth to lift tarnish.
  2. Mild Soap: A gentle cleaning with lukewarm water and soap can do wonders.
  3. Baking Soda Paste: A mix of baking soda and water applied with a cloth can remove the tarnish.

Polishing silver

More on polishing

  1. Use a specialised polish cloth, such as Town Talk silver polish cloth;
  2. It should be a 100% Cotton cloth impregnated with a solution to remove tarnish and give a lasting shine.

Removing tarnish from silver

To Sum Up 

Tarnished sterling silver can be disappointing, but it's reversible. Proper care ensures your jewellery remains lustrous.


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