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Are you looking for a way to keep your jewellery sparkling


There are a couple of tricks to polish up your worn and tarnished pieces, making them new again

There is no doubt that jewellery should sparkle. However, environmental factors such as dust, dirt, sweat, chemicals, and makeup, especially soaps and lotions, can tarnish your jewellery over time. For example, copper, brass, silver, gold and rose gold metals can be affected by tarnish over time.

Admittedly it is because it is a part natural chemical reaction that cannot be avoided. It is completely natural for metals to tarnish because they react to chemicals like oxygen and sulphur through oxidisation. Sulphur is found in the air and can also be transmitted through contact because our bodies produce it to fight bacteria.

It also depends on where you put your jewellery and how you manage them, as tarnishing can happen at different speeds. Fortunately, there are some ways that can help to prevent it or restore your jewellery.

This article will discuss the best methods for preventing tarnish, how to clean tarnished jewellery safely and why tarnishing occurs. Fashion jewellery is usually made with plated metals, semi-precious stones, beads, and glass. These materials are softer than metals or gemstones in fine jewellery like gold and silver, so they are more prone to tarnishing or scratching.

In the following sections, we will discuss preventing signs of wear and discolouration, and how to store and clean your jewellery pieces.


What metals can tarnish


Metals tarnishing can leave them looking a little faded and dull or completely black in contrast to their sparkly selves. It depends on the type of metal that you wear, how you wear them and care for the jewellery piece.

Maintaining jewellery can be a challenge, depending on the metal it is made up of. Some metal types like pure gold are resistant to tarnish, and rust and will not dull in colour, whereas other types of metals need frequent maintenance to keep them shining.

Below, we have listed some types of metals that can tarnish.

Brass:

Brass is a metal alloy made by combining copper and zinc. As soon as brass comes into contact with the skin, a chemical reaction known as oxidation occurs, resulting in tarnish. After the oxidation occurs, it leaves green marks on the skin

Silver:

The tarnished silver can be caused by a handful of factors and is more common than you would think. Sulfur is found in air particles around cities and industrial areas, moisture, chlorine in swimming pools, and your skin’s acidity level.

These all-cause silver to discolour and tarnish. However, there are many ways to clean your tarnished silver, so do not worry! Keep reading to find out about tips for cleaning your tarnished pieces.

Gold:

The tarnishing of gold jewellery pieces above 14 karats is extremely rare, but it is very slight if it does. By using 14 karat gold over nickel-free brass, gold-plated jewellery pieces ensure that the gold will not rub off over time. Therefore, it may even become a family heirloom that you will treasure for many generations if you keep it for countless years.

Rose gold:

Rose gold jewellery pieces made from pure gold and copper alloys do not necessarily tarnish. Although it can change colour over time, which is moderate. It may become darker or redder in colour after years because the copper in rose gold jewellery pieces slowly oxidises and develops a rich patina.

A patina is the most noticeable on antique jewellery and it takes an exceptionally long time to develop, and they are desirable because of the vintage appeal that many people find adds value and uniqueness to the piece.

Watches are practical

A person will need to check the time several times a day, but of course, they can use their cell phone, but a watch allows you to check time quickly without checking a cell phone. Watches are a stylish and effective way to keep track of time.

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August 4, 2022

Preventing your jewellery from tarnishing

Are you looking for a way to keep your jewellery sparkling There are a couple of tricks to polish up your worn and tarnished pieces, making […]