Whether you are storing your silver for
later use or displaying it as a part of your home décor
strategy, your tarnish-prevention tasks are identical.
Minimize tarnish by doing the following:
Keep your items in a dry, low-humid
storage container or display case. Water speeds up
the oxidation process. How do you do this? You can
place silica gel packages in your jewelry box, or
silica gel canisters in your display case.
are wearing jewelry, try to keep your skin dry. If
you are sweating, remove the jewelry from your body,
or at the very least, dry our skin and the jewelry
occasionally. You may not have heard of silica gel,
but you certainly know what it is. Ever seen those
tiny packages that are inserted in food items to
keep them dry? That’s silica gel.
Clean your silver often, keeping it
clean of dust and grease (grease can enter the air
through cooking). Likewise, wipe your jewelry off
after every use with a clean, soft cloth.
Keep sulfur away. When storing
silver, you can wrap your pieces in sulfur-absorbing
cloth, which are commercially available, and then
seal them in a plastic bag. 3M has come out with
Anti-Tarnish Strips that will absorb atmospheric
gases that can cause tarnish. If used in an airtight
storage container, these strips are effective for up
to two years. Never use newspaper or kitchen plastic
wrap in your silver storage plan. And don’t forget
to throw in a silica gel packet for good measure.