Most metals can polish up quite easily but each metal has unique characteristics that should be considered when it comes time to polish and remove tarnish. Today, there are many popular metals but at the top of the list are Gold, Sterling Silver, and Tungsten. We have compiled some information about each of these metals and tips for keeping them looking shiny and new.
If you are fortunate enough to only have pure gold pieces (24K) your jewelry is not susceptible to tarnish like in lower carat golds. Many things can cause gold tarnish such as perspiration, deodorant, or compounds that contain sulphur or acid. Tarnish on gold can also happen when it is stored so it is best to store in a place where minimal to no oxygen reaches it. Also remove gold jewelry such as rings or bracelets when they are at risk of exposure to harsh chemicals or perspiration.
2. Sterling Silver
If you feel like you are constantly removing tarnish from your sterling silver, you are not alone. Sterling Silver is a metal highly vulnerable to tarnish because it contains copper, which reacts to sulfur and moisture in the air. High Humidity as well as chemicals such as perfume, lotions and acids can cause silver to tarnish more rapidly. When you are storing silver, it is best to keep it in an airtight bag, which will help diminish tarnishing. Also, avoid any unnecessary chemicals and remember to polish silver more often to keep it lustrous.
Rings and jewelry made from Tungsten are very durable but definitely tarnish over time. Tungsten gets tarnished from agents that are used consistently everyday such as cleaning products, water with chlorine, and lotions. When tarnish is visible on Tungsten, it will become dull and lose its shiny luster. Make sure you avoid chemicals that will create tarnish and also polish tungsten regularly.