All the jewellery on our site is either Sterling Silver or 14
Karat Gold, unless otherwise noted. We often oxidize or blacken our pieces then
matte finish them to bring out the details. Sterling silver and gold both tend
to tarnish when exposed to air and moisture.
Over time, and especially if you
wear your jewellery every day, the matte finish will soften into a glowing patina.
This shows how well loved the piece is as it becomes a part of your everyday
life. However, the original finish can be easily restored with some of the techniques
The best and most practical way to keep your jewellery tarnish free is
simply to wear it. Jewellery that is regularly worn will not tarnish as fast as
jewellery that sits out. The oils in your skin give the jewellery a natural
tarnish-resist and we know from experience; the jewellery we wear doesn't
tarnish! Try it and see. Some other options are:
TO PREVENT TARNISH:
your jewellery in airtight plastic bags. It won’t tarnish if it isn't exposed
to air. The worst place to leave your jewellery is in a steamy bathroom.
3M and Hagerty make
tarnish resistant papers that you can find at most jewellery supply stores.
TO USE ANTI-TARNISH STRIPS:
printed side down inside storage area.
one square for every square foot of space.
exposure to air and replace strips every 6 months or at first sign of
tarnish. (We cut these into small pieces to put into individual baggies
for long term storage).
IF YOUR JEWELLERY IS ALREADY TARNISHED:
Most of our jewelry has a matte finish. This finish needs special
care but can easily be restored. There are several ways to freshen up the
appearance of your jewelry.
makes a microfine polishing pad. We love this for polishing up the surface of
fingerprinted or lightly tarnished pieces. It restores the soft matte finish without
removing any of the antique black details, and you can cut it into smaller
pieces for easier use. This is a specialty item from jewelry supply stores.
(A piece of this comes in our Tarnish Cleaning Kit for Matte Finish Jewelry)
lightly tarnished jewelry try moistening a soft cloth with warm water and a
little soap, and pat dry.
cloths are also available at jewelry supply stores. Rub the piece with the red
side of the cloth containing the polishing compound “rouge”, then buff the
piece with the other side. This works well on highly polished jewellery too.
deep cleaning, like the tiny surfaces of a chain, our favorite product is
TWINKLE silver cleaner. Use a soft toothbrush to really get the paste into
every crevice and it will come out tarnish free.
Make a paste with baking soda and water and clean with a toothbrush
or a soft cloth.
don't recommend the dip style of polish
; it tends to tarnish faster than ever
after cleaning with it.