It's no secret that we love creating Sterling Silver Rings at Dixi and there is a good reason for it. Silver doesn't actually tarnish; it undergoes oxidation, which can be easily reversed! Understanding the science behind it can help you appreciate the beauty and longevity of this precious metal.
When silver is exposed to air and moisture, a chemical reaction occurs, leading to the formation of a thin layer called silver oxide. This layer can create a dull appearance, commonly known as tarnish. Surprisingly, tarnishing usually happens through lack of wear or storing items in unsealed or humid places. We always recommend storing your unworn Silver Rings in a sealable airtight bag or container.
However, unlike other metals, silver's oxidation is reversible! With a little care and attention, you can restore the original shine of your silver jewellery. Simple methods like polishing with a soft cloth or using silver cleaning solutions can remove the oxidized layer, revealing the radiant surface underneath. Be careful, though, as many of our rings do feature some intentional oxidization to give them that antique look and make the features stand out, so never dip clean a Dixi ring! Sometimes, even wearing your ring for a few days can be enough to bring it back to life.
So, the next time you notice your favourite silver ring or cherished silver earrings showing signs of oxidation, don't fret! With a little TLC, you can bring back their lustrous glow and make them look as good as new.
Remember, silver's ability to undergo oxidation and be reversed is a testament to its durability and timeless appeal. And by taking simple precautions like wearing your silver jewellery regularly or storing it in sealed, dry places, you can minimize the risk of tarnishing and keep your pieces looking their best.
Enjoy our satisfying reel below as a testament to the powers of a polishing cloth on silver rings.