Will sterling silver turn my finger green?

posted 3 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
125 posts
Blushing bee

pepper1115 :  unless you have an allergy to silver it won’t turn your finger green.  I wear silver rings all the time with no issues. Congratulations on your upcoming wedding!

Post # 4
1044 posts
Bumble bee

notlookingtogetmarried :  not sure that’s true. If there was an allergy it would cause a rash. 

I think it depends on the  natural oil on your fingers, everyone is different. I’ve never had a problem with Sterling silver but I have with cheap “silver” rings, but I don’t know what metal it was. I think you’ll be fine. Sterling silver can tarnish over time though. 

Post # 5
430 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2017 - State Park

Shouldn’t turn your finger green but will react with a lot more detergents and chemicals – take it off when you’re showering and cleaning. It’ll tarnish, but is easy to clean (tin foil, salt, warm water). It’s a very soft metal though so consider that when thinking about the safety of any stones. 

Post # 6
3425 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

I have been wearing the same $25 sterling silver ring on my right hand index finger for 8 years. I only take it off to swim. It’s never caused any problems at all. It’s not shiny on the bottom anymore because it’s so scratched, but otherwise it’s perfect. 

Post # 7
2699 posts
Sugar bee

Sometimes. I have some 925 silver that is uncoated/untreated and it tarnishes. The tarnish is what is rubbing off onto my finger (along with sweat) and causing the green. It isn’t anything wrong with the ring. 

Post # 9
2657 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

pepper1115 :  sterling silver will not turn your finger green but it will tarnish. Just get a fabuluster cloth from Ebay and you’ll have no problem keeping it shiny.

Post # 10
6626 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

pepper1115 :  It could if you have reactive skin or if you put something on that reacts.  For example, I wore my silver rings on a silver necklace last summer on vacation, but between the sweat and sunscreen, I definitely got a green line on my neck and my rings tarnished horribly!  It came off, but I wasn’t thrilled. Lesson learned – I’d rather just not wear them at all than have that happen again.

It will not tarnish if you wear them daily – the skin contact just rubs it all away, except what gets in the crevices, but that just gives your ring style.

Post # 11
1796 posts
Buzzing bee

depends on whether the ring is rhodium or platinum plated– I have sterling silver rings that are unplated and over time they tarnish and turn my finger green. If you wash the ring every one in a while with toothpaste to keep the tarnish away you’ll be fine! I just keep an extra toothbrush in my bathroom and clean it after brushing my teeth.

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