It’s one of the biggest complaints jewelers get; “Why is my silver jewelry turning grey, black or brown?” Frequently people think there’s something wrong with their jewelry when this happens, but in truth, tarnish is a natural reaction of silver metal and the oxygen we breathe.
Many things can speed tarnish; air pollution, the minerals in your water (and as such wearing your silver jewelry in the shower can speed this process too), living or working near a chemical, electric or manufacturing plant are all things that can cause discolouration more quickly. But there’s no hard and fast rule for how long it will be before your jewelry tarnishes; some people things begin to tarnish in just a few days, while others take weeks or months.
Recent studies have shown tarnish develops microscopically within hours of being cleaned and exposed…
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