Air Pollution And Your Precious Metals
Every day we are exposed to toxic chemicals that are within our atmosphere and the unfortunate reality of it is that our environment doesn't seem to be getting any better. With noxious fumes, harsh pollutants and other contaminates being released from manmade equipment and products, it's no doubt that these airborne toxins can affect the quality of the air. Even with the notable and globally observed Earth Day, an effort to reduce our impact on the environment needs to be greatly increased to lower the amounts of pollutants that enter the atmosphere.
That being said, fine particles that are invisible to the naked eye wreak havoc on everything and anything they come in contact with. Some of the most visually obvious things that take a toll in a polluted environment are precious metals made of silver which includes belongings like jewelry and flatware. Over time, silver will experience tarnish, corrosion and degradation which weakens the metal and reduces the overall luster. This results in silver that turns brown then black and becomes increasingly difficult to remove as time goes on.
One reason behind this corrosive reaction is due to hydrogen sulfide (H2S) gases in the air that surround themselves around the silver and essentially attacks the metal. While this gas can be found in the air everywhere, some areas experience heavier concentrations of hydrogen sulfide, making the air pollution more severe and the reaction more powerful. However, this chemical reaction can be prevented through a couple of different ways but certain measures are less than ideal for precious silver metals.
Some basic forms of corrosion prevention involve the use of oils or chemicals to coat the specific item so the outside air doesn't come in direct contact with the surface, but overtime the oils and chemicals deteriorate, still exposing the surface. Another measure includes engineering the item to change the pH properties to be less corrosive but this alters the performance, structural properties and appearance. Last but not least, others opt to use hermetic sealing or a purifying agent to stabilize the environment around the item to neutralize the corrosive gases.
Many of the preventative measures have been in use for over 100 years but newer alternatives have since emerged to protect precious silver metals against tarnishing. This is where Intercept Technology comes in to purify and neutralize the corrosive elements that surround silver when stored together. The preservation technology found in Intercept Technology depends on on the power of copper to react with and neutralize atmospheric pollutants that produce corrosion properties in which the air is purified and cleaned. This gives users the ultimate anti-tarnish protection of precious silver metals in a micro-environment package.