How long does it REALLY take silver to tarnish? Well that depends. Is it pure silver or an alloy? Is it being handled frequently? Stored properly?
Silver can take anywhere from a few short weeks to a few years to tarnish. In this months blog we explain the different variables that effect the rate of tarnish and also the differences between pure silver, silver alloys, and how they tarnish differently.
Gold and silver are both great options when it comes to preserving your wealth, especially during times of crisis. But with gold being so expensive per ounce, silver is the best option when it comes to preserving your wealth.
It’s come to our attention that some new VCI papers coming out of Japan are touting the use of zeolites in their products. In theory, the presence of zeolites would act as gates, adsorbing agents of corrosion and protecting the precious metals in proximity to the VCI. However, the science of these products simply do not hold up.
When it comes to pollutants, parts per billion (ppb) is ALWAYS better than parts per million (ppm). However, most anti-tarnish products aren't effective within the average range of contaminants.
We did some research, and here's how our products stack up against the competition.
Intercept™ Silver & Jewelry Care Co.'s corrosion inhibitors save you time, money and labor.
The past few days, news headlines have been filled with a certain celebrity who had her precious jewelry stolen, and it serves as a stark reminder. Because jewelry protection is our business, we thought we would share some tips on how to ensure the protection of your jewelry and there’s more ways than one:
Ensuring your jewelry pieces maintain their sparkle and sheen requires not just any anti tarnish product, but one that contains high-performance Intercept Technology™.
Learn more about why our anti tarnish products are the best on the market:
If you're a vendor for any major jewelry retailer (or are considering it) you should be aware of their extensive quality control procedures.
One little mistake could have dire consequences...
The leather jewelry trend is hot right now, but what many people might not know is that leather and precious metals don't mix.
Learn why leather causes silver and jewelry tarnish...
A recent study revealed that the majority of anti tarnish products only begin absorbing corrosive gases when they are already present at toxic levels.
Learn how you may be wasting time and money on ineffective anti tarnish products:
If a manufacturer is able to categorize their chemicals as "trade secrets", they are not required to disclose the contents of their products.
With increasing environmental & health concerns, transparency and safety are more important then ever...
When it comes to storing precious metals like fine silver jewelry, some are not familiar with proper storage procedures, which can cause trouble later down the road. With that said, let's take a look at some frequently asked questions about proper jewelry packaging and answer them one-by-one!
CAN I JUST USE THE PACKAGING THE JEWELRY CAME IN?
It's not recommended. The sole purpose of the original jewelry packaging was just to make it easy to transport from the store to your home. The packaging wasn't designed to protect your jewelry from the elements and more than likely is just made of cardboard. However, you should store your jewelry in packaging that is equipped with anti-tarnish materials, whether you place an anti-tarnish tab in the original box or you place your jewelry in a sealed anti-tarnish zipper bag.
HOW DOES ANTI-TARNISH PACKAGING WORK?
When you create a microenvironment that contains special anti-tarnish materials, it will absorb the corrosive gases that contribute to jewelry tarnish. They react with and permanently neutralize the corrosive gases while eliminating the hazardous atmospheric conditions within the storage container.
ARE ANTI-TARNISH PRODUCTS ABRASIVE?
While the properties of the anti-tarnish material sound harsh, they do not damage jewelry because they are non-abrasive. Tabs, strips and other anti-tarnish materials can come in direct contract with the surfaces of your jewelry and leave no harm. Additionally, the anti-tarnish products do not leave behind any kind of residue, so your jewelry will look just as good from the day you placed it in storage to the day you take it out to wear it.
HOW LONG WILL THE PROTECTION LAST?
Depending on the storage container size and the amount of anti-tarnish materials placed with them, protection from tarnish and corrosion can last anywhere between 12+ months to 30 years of continuous safekeeping. On average, our anti-tarnish products last 1 to 3 years.
CAN I USE ANTI-TARNISH STRIPS, TABS OR PAPER IN MY JEWELRY BOX?
Yes! Anti-tarnish products can protect more than just one piece of jewelry and you can keep multiple pieces of silver jewelry tarnish-free by placing anti-tarnish products in your jewelry box. While the microenvironment won't be completely sealed because of the design of most jewelry boxes, it can provide many months of continuous protection.
WHEN SHOULD I REPLACE THE ANTI-TARNISH PRODUCTS?
When it's time to replace the InterceptTM anti-tarnish product, it'll change to a dark gray or black when it begins to loose effectiveness, but if you swap it out with a new replacement, your precious metals will continue to be protected.
Protecting your jewelry from tarnish will help it maintain its' bright shine and reduces the likelihood of the metal weakening because corrosion can take a serious toll.
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