Will Sterling Silver Ring Turn My Finger Green???

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IF My finger turns GREEN from wearing Sterling Silver ring does that mean that It is not Sterling silver???


Silver is Beautiful,  however pure silver is too soft and can easily scratch and become damaged, so it is alloyed with copper to make Sterling Silver (92.5% silver+7.5% copper). this is how we get the mark 925 for sterling silver.

Don't panic, This "green finger effect" is a reaction to the copper alloy in the sterling silver  specially if you have high body acidity . It happens to about 2~3% of people and percentage is increasing due to increased percentages of chemicals in our environment and food we eat.

  Most retail jewelry is industrial plated with rhodium (rhodium is a form or platinum), which prevents this reaction from happening to anyone with the allergy.  Not all silver rings are plated specially the antique look and oxidized rings since it will change their look.

*Soaking the ring for a day or two in a 50/50 mixture of household ammonia and water will take care of the problem. 

*Another solution is to simply clean the ring every day with a silver polishing cloth .  After about a week or two, the reaction will stop occurring

* Also applying a thin layer of clear nail polish on the inside of the ring will prevent perspiration & body sweat  from reaching the metal and reacting to it.

*Keep your skin dry when wearing jewelry.

*Keep your jewelry clean. If the piece begins to tarnish, clean it immediately.

some times these reactions are occasional and happens when someone eat something that has high acidity like tomatoes or if someone is taking certain medications or due to Excitement.

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