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Daily Wire Tip: Commercial Jewelry and Tarnish
Daily Wire Jewelry Making Tip
I get so many questions about tarnish. Why doesn’t the jewelry in commercial jewelry stores tarnish (for instance, my wedding ring) if they are made out of the same sterling silver and gold as our wire?
-Danette in Brush Prairie, Washington
Danette, if you mean your wedding ring is white gold, the reason it does not tarnish is due to the fact that all commercial white gold has been heavily electro-plated with a metal such as rhodium (see What is White Gold).
It has been my personal experience that all commercial sterling silver will eventually tarnish as well. The tarnish just takes a bit more time to appear, as each commercially-made piece of sterling silver jewelry has been treated with a special coating or tarnish shield.
There is one specific strong product that I have used personally; however, it is quite dangerous to use. Do an Internet search for “tarnish shield” to investigate the choices available.
Answer contributed by Dale “Cougar” Armstrong
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