STERLING SILVER exposed to air, lotions, soaps and everyday dust and dirt will tarnish over time. Sterling silver is an alloy metal with 92.5% silver and 7.5% copper. The copper content in silver makes the silver a harder metal than fine silver and so is easier to turn into everyday hard-wearing objects such as cutlery, medical equipment and jewellery. The copper in silver reacts to moisture and sulphur in the air which causes the silver to discolour and lose its shine.
ARGENTIUM SILVER is brighter and shinier than Sterling Silver and it is tarnish resistant. Argentium Silver is more durable and stronger than traditional Sterling silver which makes it more resistant to damage. Argentium jewellery is low maintenance but it will still need the occasional clean.
Even though GOLD doesn’t tarnish as easily as silver, it can slowly lose its high shine.The purer the gold the longer the shine will endure but with 9ct or 14ct gold where the gold is mixed with other alloys such as silver and copper, tarnish, dullness and patina will set in over a period of time. Fortunately, one of the advantages of owning gold jewellery is that the tarnish or dullness will set in at a much slower pace and can be easily removed at home using quick and effective DIY techniques.
As timeless as gold is, you will find that your gold jewellery can accumulate blackness, dullness and tarnish with the passage of time. This could be due to moisture/humidity, improper storage, oxygen and sulphur in the air, perspiration, exposure to chlorine, perfume, hairspray and deodorants, or even exposure to a foodstuff which are rich in sulphur.