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It’s So Easy to Care for Your Silver Jewelry

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...So Don’t be Afraid to Buy It!

I love incorporating silver elements into my jewelry designs! I proudly use sterling silver, fine silver and sterling silver over copper in a variety of pieces.  It’s luster adds such light and elegance! Shoppers sometimes hesitate to purchase pieces with silver because they’re concerned it will tarnish - and indeed, all silver tarnishes.

I’d like to give a quick lesson on silver and tarnish so you’ll feel completely comfortable experiencing this truly gorgeous precious metal:

Pure silver itself is highly resistant to tarnish but unfortunately is too soft to be used for making jewelry. Pure silver is mixed with other metals to create Sterling silver, a metal alloy that is an ideal blend of beauty and durability.

Sterling silver is comprised of 92.5% silver and 7.5% other metals. It is actually the other metals that are added to pure silver that cause it to tarnish as they react with moisture and sulfur in the air.

Exposure to the following will make your silver tarnish more quickly include:

  • High humidity

  • Pollution

  • Hairspray

  • Perfume

  • Lotion

  • Deodorant

  • Bleach

  • Perspiration

  • Rubber

  • chlorinated water

  • sunlight

  • substances which contain sulfur                                                                   


To help minimize tarnish on your silver, store it in an area with low humidity in an airtight plastic bag with a piece of chalk, a packet of activated charcoal, or a container of silica gel.


You may be able to polish light tarnish away using a soft, non-abrasive cloth. Remember, silver is a soft metal and can be scratched, so rub gently using back and forth motions.

As for cleaning products, I find that Goddards Sterling Silver Dip works miraculously! Just make certain that it’s safe for the other stones and elements that may also be part of your piece.

So there you have it: tarnish is not abnormal, nor does it need to be of concern. A little extra care will keep your bobbi kahn design jewelry with silver looking as beautiful as the day you brought it home!