(Closed) Tell me about your experience with sterling silver.

posted 6 years ago in Accessories
Post # 17
923 posts
Busy bee

i have a few sterling silver rings and a bunch of bangles and I’ve never had anything turn me gree. I wear my bracelets almost every day and they haven’t tarnished noticably. I do clean them every few months with silver polish, but other than that I just take them off at night. I work in a restaurant so all my jewelry gets filthy andIjust give them a quick scrub with warm water and soap if they get dirty. I actually prefer sterling silver over white gold, I like that it doesn’t stay super shiny, and it’s the only metal I can wear in my ears for extended periods of time without having a reaction.

Post # 18
466 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@QuirkySocialite:  +1

I have a ton of Tiffany silver jewelry from my ex and I don’t really wear it much so it tarnishes really quickly. Never green though (I thought that was with fake gold?), always black. I did learn that if you line a pan with aluminum foil, put your jewelry in it and cover it in baking soda and then boiling water and let it cool it removes the tarnish. That really works.

If it’s a piece you plan to wear a lot it probably won’t be a problem.

Post # 19
221 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

My fav ring is Sterling Silver with a number on it (can’t remember the number) but I knew a Turkish man who made jewelry from silver parts and he said if you don’t see the number inside silver it’s either not all silver or it’s fake. I have had this ring for about 11 years now and have worn it in pools, the beach in the ocean, showering, washing hands I mean it has taken a beating and it’s still as silver as the day i bought it and my finger has never once turned green.


Post # 20
218 posts
Helper bee

@MrsPanda99:  I have a sterling silver ring with an opal that I’ve worn every day for the last 4 years, I wear it swimming and in the shower and its never tarnished or turned my finger green. I’ll be honest, I don’t even clean it often and it seems fine. Hope that helps 

Post # 21
2531 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

Oftentimes, the green is because of a chemical reation of some of the mixed-in metals with someone’s skin/sweat/etc. 925 silver usually won’t do that.

I also wonder if it has to do only with metal content sometimes… I have a soap dispenser (not silver, but silver-colored) in my bathroom that turns bright blue on contact with soap (d’oh!). I suspect it’s a reaction from one of the metals used in the finish.

My silver tarnishes fairly quickly at home… something about the air my our apartment. I’ve found that toothpaste cleans it up in no time – just rub it into the ring/pendant/earrings and ta-da! It doesn’t damage the finish and works wonders.
I try to remember to keep my silver pieces in something airtight when I’m not wearing them for long periods of time, like a mini zip-lock bag.

By The Way, the green can be prevented (or at least slowed) by painting the interior of the ring with clear nailpolish – this keeps it from coming in contact with your skin!

Post # 22
12246 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

@QuirkySocialite:  +A MILLION!

I never wear my silver. It takes an hour to clean between wears!

Post # 23
4474 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I have quite a bit of silver jewelry, including a cz ring I wear most days.  Silver shouldn’t tarnish if you wear it all the time – something about body chemistry prevents that from happening.  All my stored silver jewelry, on the other hand, does tarnish and turn dark, and water in some places will cause jewelry to tarnish as well (sulfides in Iceland, for example).  real silver if tarnishes will never look green.  If you’re worried about it turning your finger green just be sure it’s nickel free sterling and you’ll be fine.  silver also bends and scratches relatively easily, so I wouldn’t expect a silver ring to last for ever if you’re wearing it daily.

Post # 24
5268 posts
Bee Keeper

I have been wearing a sterling silver ring on my right hand middle finger for over 7 years and it has never changed colour..granted its a bit scrathed but it’s my favourite ring and I never take it off. I also wear four silver bangles each day and they have never changed colour. I have cleaned them a few times with silver cleaner but they havn’t really needed to be cleaned


Post # 25
38 posts
  • Wedding: April 2014

I wear sterling silver jewelry all the time- nearly every piece I own is sterling silver. It is very suitable for everyday wear, but not to hold a diamond. Silver is a soft metal and should not be trusted to hold precious stones like diamonds, especially in an engagement ring. When adorned with cubic zirconia or other non-precious gemstones, though. sterling silver is a great jewelry metal. It does not turn your finger green if taken care of properly. Sterling silver does tarnish by nature when it is exposed to oxidation in the air, but it can be polished easily with a simple silver polishing cloth.

If sterling silver does turn skin green, it is not the metal causing it, but rather a chemical reaction with certain oils in the skin. 

Basically, if a piece is stamped .925 sterling silver, it is a quality piece of jewelry and I’d highly recommend it, especially for the price!

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