It’s a fact of life – sterling silver tarnishes or darkens with exposure to air. Many jewelry designers take advantage of this fact using the darkening in crevices to accentuate a design, but oh how I wish we could stop it there.
I store my sterling silver in small zip-style bags and this really seems to help. The pieces stay bright and shiny far longer than if stored without the plastic bags. When my jewelry does need cleaning, I use a silver polishing cloth if it’s a light cleaning job. For heavy duty situations, I use a silver polish cream. It’s a little bit of work but the results are always worth it. Polishing creams like those by Wright’s or 3M leave the tarnish in the crevices and restore a beautiful luster to the silver. I do not use liquid silver polish where you dip the piece in the liquid. I find that this type of silver polish also removes the darkening in the crevices where I would like to retain it.
Question: Do you avoid sterling silver jewelry because tarnish is a turn-off or have you found ways to manage it?