My Polishing Cloth Turned Black!

Every piece of jewelry that Sorella Jewelry sells is shipped with a polishing cloth.

Sometimes we received emails from customers concerned that their polishing cloth turned black when they cleaned their piece of jewelry.  “The jewelry is dirty!” they tell us.

Hold on. Things are not as they seem.

Jewelry polishing cloths are impregnated with special polish treatments and chemicals to clean the metal.

When you rub your piece of jewelry with the cloth, the polish on the part of the cloth leaves the cloth. What’s left on the cloth is a black mark indicating that the polish is gone from that section.

It’s not dirty. It’s simply the absence of polish. When the cloth is completely black, there’s no polish left and it should be discarded.

The Story on Tarnish

You may be surprised to hear that all precious metals will tarnish or corrode over time.  All of them.

Tarnish on jewelry is a blackening or discoloration of the jewelry or skin. The blackening is actually made up of very small particles of the metal that have been worn off.

Most people are familiar with silver tarnishing as sterling silver can tarnish quite rapidly. Other metals take longer.

What causes tarnishing? Exposure to salt air and products containing sulfur, such as rubber bands and some papers. Cosmetics, lotions, medications and even an individual’s personal body chemistry can also accelerate tarnishing.

Body chemistry? Definitely. Have you ever seen a ring turn one person’s finger black but cause no problem with someone else? This is a body chemistry issue.  Some people are unlucky to have a body chemistry that reacts to the alloys in silver and gold and causes tarnishing.

We recommend combating tarnish by storing your jewelry in an ant-tarnish storage bag. (Sorella includes one with every piece we sell.) These bags are coated with a film that neutralizes the gases that can cause tarnish.

We also recommend that you don’t wear your jewelry in the shower where it will come in contact with all manner of soaps and lotions.

Additionally, an annual cleaning by a professional jewelry will really keep your piece sparkling.

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