Why does sterling silver tarnish?

Answer Sterling silver tarnishes whenever it comes into contact with any substance containing sulfur--for example, mustard, eggs or rubber. However, most silver tarnish is the result of a chemical reactio... Read More »

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Do sterling silver rings tarnish?

Sterling silver is made up of mostly silver but contains a small amount of metal for strength. Because it is not pure silver, which is too soft for most jewelry, contact with oxygen will cause ste... Read More »

Why Does Mexican Silver Tarnish?

Unfortunately, all silver tarnishes through a chemical reaction with the air, not just Mexican varieties. Handcrafted silver items, some of which are traditionally made in Mexico, tend not to have... Read More »

Does silver plating tarnish?

Anything made out of silver has the possibility of tarnishing. Tarnishing occurs when silver is exposed to air for a long period of time, but can be removed by a polishing product. If the plating i... Read More »

Does nickel silver tarnish?

Nickel silver will tarnish over time with exposure to air. Its tarnish is black and can be removed with a soft polish cloth. Nickel silver has no silver in it, but rather is an alloy of copper, nic... Read More »