All jewelry is a work of art and needs to be taken care of. Its life and beauty depends on how well it is taken care of. Silver is a metal that requires extra maintenance and care to keep it shining.
Exposed to the atmosphere, all silver is prone to oxidation and consequent tarnishing.
Significance of oxidized silver jewelry
Oxidized silver jewelry is different from traditional silver because of its darker shade. This oxidized metal comes in myriad patterns with or without stone work, delicate carving and enameling to name a few. Oxidization creates a light and shadow effect in jewelry while making colored stones on them stand out. These pieces have an old-world charm and traditional appeal and the darker shade gives it an antique jewelry look. They offer a fresh and novel demeanor in this world of shiny jewelry.
Oxidized jewelry has caught on in a big way and the antique look when combined with ethnic wear is considered fashionable. Younger age groups prefer good-luck charms, beaded necklaces and stacked rings of this material to look chic. This trend of sporting oxidized jewelry has spilled over into bridal fashions too.
How is oxidized silver jewelry made?
The process of blackening silver first took place around 1100 AD, when the method of refining metals was carried out. This was taken up to separate it from other impurities. Sulphur was used on the molten silver because of which the metal turned black.
When pure sterling silver jewelry is purposely exposed to air that contains Sulphur, it turns dark. A compound, silver sulphide, is formed which creates black patches, giving the silver a dark-black finish, which results in pieces with a stunning vintage look. This is how oxidized silver jewelry is made today.
How to take care of oxidized silver jewelry?
Pure silver must generally be polished and cleaned regularly to keep it from becoming tarnished. This kind of jewelry should not be placed in areas where it might get exposed to large amounts of oxygen and should be placed in special silver storage containers to preserve it.
On the other hand, oxidized sterling silver jewelry will not be affected by the tarnish. In fact, the tarnish will allow the oxidized sterling silver jewelry to take on a more oxidized work. Thus, one doesn’t need to clean or polish oxidized silver that often. Also, oxidized silver jewelry should not be cleaned with jewelry cleaning dips or aggressive polishing that can strip the blackened surface.
However, it is of utmost importance to store oxidized jewelry away from sunlight when not in use. This is because direct sunlight is known to degrade the color of silver over time.
Why Silver Jewelry turns black? / How to avoid tarnishing or oxidization?
Tarnish is a result of a chemical reaction that occurs when silver comes into contact with moisture in the air or other chemical substances. Pure sterling silver jewelry has a tendency to tarnish especially when it's not worn. Tarnishing or turning black does not mean that your sterling silver is not pure.
While tarnishing is a natural process that cannot be prevented, it can be slowed down by protecting silver from moisture and humidity. To maintain the luster of your jewelry, place it in airtight plastic covers before putting them into a container to prevent it from oxidation / tarnishing.
Silver jewelry has a tendency to tarnish especially when it's not worn, to maintain the luster of your jewelry, always store it in airtight plastic covers before putting them into a container to prevent it from oxidation / tarnishing.
All our silver jewelry is polished by hand before being dispatched. Gentle rubbing with a silver cleaning cloth will restore the original brilliance of the surface.
How long will the rose gold /gold/rhodium plating on silver jewelry last?
The brightness of the gold finish on gold plated jewelry depends on a number of factors like usage, weather conditions (humid weather dulls gold finish faster) and appropriate storage.
We do not provide any guarantee for the rose gold/gold/rhodium plating on the jewelry.
We advise you to use rose gold /gold/rhodium plating pieces occasionally and completely dry them of sweat / moisture; along with storage in air tight plastic covers.
If your jewelry becomes dull it can be repolished or rose gold/gold/rhodium plating again at a nominal cost from any local jeweler.
If you wear your rose gold/gold/rhodium plating silver jewelry for continuously for a long time, the plating will eventually wear down. To restore its appearance, you can have it re-plated
ALL ROSE GOLD/GOLD/RHODIUM PLATING silver jewelry has to be stored in an airtight plastic cover. Keep it away from moisture, water and sweat. Proper storage will ensure that the gold/gold/rhodium -finish stays for a long time
How to Store your Silver Jewelry?
Store individually in airtight plastic containers. All Raajraani Jewelry is packed in re-sealable plastic covers when it is delivered to you, please retain these covers and use them to store the jewelry.
CERTAIN SEMI-PRECIOUS STONES ARE SOFT AND TEND TO SCRATCH if stored together. Please pack them in sealable covers and store separate from each other.
Storing jewelry in air tight containers prevents it from being damaged due to oxidation which leads to silver being tarnished or becoming black.
Do not place any weight on it, pack it in a box well wrapped in cotton swab while traveling.
ALL ROSE GOLD/GOLD/RHODIUM PLATING silver jewelry has to be stored in an airtight plastic cover. Keep it away from moisture, water and sweat. Proper storage will ensure that the gold/gold/rhodium -finish stays for a long time. All plated jewelry does lose a bit of its color over time. However, if maintained properly, this is minimized to a large extent.
Never dip any silver jewelry in ‘dip’ solutions or commercial cleaning solutions even though it may say that it is for silver jewelry. Dip cleaners will work the first few times, but after that, the silver jewelry may change color and will never look the same.
How to Polish Silver Jewelry?
Take a soft dry cotton cloth and wipe clean.
Use a jewelry polishing cloth for best results. Hold the cloth and softly rub the surface of jewelry to remove any tarnish.
Re-polishing for gold/gold/rhodium plated silver jewelry can be done only by professionals.
Avoid wearing jewelry when:
You are performing activities like cooking, household cleaning, etc. to prevent its contact with sweat, perspiration & chemicals.
You are bathing or applying makeup – Colognes, Perfumes, Hairspray, Cosmetics, Soap and lotion can contain chemicals that can often react and damage jewelry, therefore wear them after your makeup to prevent exposure and damage.
You are playing any sport. Sporting activities – Chlorinated water, perspiration can damage the metal and the polish of the jewelry.
Make sure your jewelry is not in regular contact with hard surfaces, which will scratch or wear down the plating or enameling.
When dressing, jewelry should always be put on last as make-up, cosmetics and perfumes can cause damage to delicate items.