Hi, I need help. The Gemstone Pendant/ ring I ordered from you have turned Green/ Black. Are you using Pure Silver? What is the Cause of it?
What is Tarnish/ Tarnishing?
Tarnish is a thin layer of corrosion that forms over copper, brass, silver, aluminium, magnesium and other similar metals as their outermost layer undergoes a chemical reaction.
It often appears as a dull, gray or black film or coating over metal. Only the top few layers of the metal react, and the layer of tarnish seals and protects the underlying layers from reacting.
Tarnish actually preserves the underlying metal in outdoor use, and in this form is called patina.
Cause of Tarnishing?
Sterling silver tarnishes because of the copper alloy, which when exposed to the elements, such as moisture and skin acids, will affect the copper turning it greenish. The Statue of Liberty is a good example( See Above)
Eventually all Sterling Silver Jewelry tarnishes over a period of time
Tarnish is a product of a chemical reaction between a metal and a non-metal compound, especially oxygen and sulphur dioxide.
It is usually a metal oxide, the product of oxidation. Sometimes it is a metal sulphide. The metal oxide sometimes reacts with water to make the hydroxide; and carbon dioxide to make the carbonate.
What Tarnishes More Pendant or ring?
The Pendants get more tarnished frequently as compared to finger rings as the finger ring comes in contact with soap solutions etc more frequently throughout the day due to the washing of hands its. The Soap solutions Keeps the finger ring relatively freer from tarnish as compared to a pendant.
Is there any metaphysical or spiritual reason for Tarnish?
There does not seem to be any significant data that establish a spiritual co-relations between tarnish etc however as per the statistical data available with us since rings or pendants set with Gem of Rahu( Hessonite), Gems of Saturn( Blue Sapphire, Iolite, Amethyst) and Gem of Ketu( Cat’s Eye Chrysoberyl has shown be the rings/ pendants getting the fastest Tarnish.
Some Patrons report this process to akin of speedy removal of severe negative Karma associated with these tough malefic planets.
How to Remove the Tarnish and Get the Shine Back?
The Good news is that tarnish removal in a ring or pendant is just a 5 minute process and you will set it to showroom shine levels in this time.
A simple and effective method is taking a toothbrush with soft bristles, moisten it with water, then dip it in baking soda, so it forms a paste. Gently scrub the sterling Jewelry with this mixture and rinse under warm water. Then pat dry with a lint free cloth/ Soft clean cloth. Your ring/ pendant is as good as new. You can also replace baking soda with White Toothpaste/ Powder with the same effect.
***Just be sure to avoid all stones with this mixture as the baking soda acts as a mild abrasive!!*** Just Apply and clean the silver part of the ring/ pendant and do not let baking soda get in touch with your precious gem.
You can also use the baking soda in its dry state and rub it between your fingers and the Jewelry, too.
Finally, a two sided rouge/Tripoli polishing cloth will do wonders and you can pick one of these up at any higher end Jewelry store or most of the e-commerce shopping websites.
We recommend the two-sided ones as you can polish the Jewelry, then lustre shine it with the rouge side of the cloth.
At Gemstoneuniverse all our rings and pendants are manufactured through the same 100% error free quality process using the finest of metal. All our Silver Jewellery will be 925 fineness or higher. Less than 1% of Silver Items from Gemstoneuniverse Get tarnished but if they do the simple solution is above.
Till today no scientific process/ chemical has been invented that can claim 100% tarnish free silver.
Trust this helps you to keep your fine Gemstone Silver Jewellery As good as new and your focus exclusively on Gemstone Therapy rather than the Tarnish.
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