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My pieces are made with sterling silver which is an alloy (mixture of metals) 92.5% by weight of silver and 7.5% by weight of other metals, usually copper. 

 

It is the copper component that causes sterling silver to tarnish. This is a normal process and can be polished back to it's original shine.

Some ways to prevent tarnishing:

  • Wear your piece often, this will help reduce tarnish.

  • Store your piece in a jewellery pouch or box,  as moisture in the air will speed up tarnishing.

  • Put your jewellery on last to prevents reactions with perfume, deodorant, hairspray, body lotions etc. 

  • Avoid wearing your jewellery swimming, in the shower,   if you do make sure to dry it afterwards.

 

Sea Glass -  these pieces are made with silver plated wire which has been treated with anti tarnish,  however it will dis-colour if worn in water.

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