Does the silver tarnish?

Most of our forged silver is Sterling silver. Sterling silver is 92.5% pure silver, with the rest usually being copper. The silver is hallmarked as a guarantee of its purity.

Silver will with time darken. When you don't want it to happen, it is called tarnished and when you do want it to happen it is called a patina. I purposely patinate many of my jewellery to highlight designs and hammer work. The pieces are then surface polished creating a higher contrast between the tarnished insides and recesses and the highlighted areas.

I include a silver polishing cloth with all my silver jewellery to allow you to keep the highlights polished. If the piece is heavily patinated, you can rub it with a mixture of bicarbonate of soda and soap. Rinse well and dry before using the polishing cloth to finish.

Should you want me to restore the original polish, please contact me for details.