If you are a person who enjoys wearing rings made of precious metals you might have already seen the green or black colorings that sometimes appear under your rings. We hope you did not panic and did not get rid of your ring, because the reasons for that discoloring are known and we are going to give you several tips on how to avoid it. Knowing the reasons will help your keep your jewelry in best condition for a very long time.
So, let us remind you that rings are usually made of an alloy, but not of a pure gold or silver. In case of silver the most popular is an alloy of 92.5% silver and 7.5% of copper, we all know it as sterling silver. Copper itself may sometimes produce a reaction with your skin and leave some green stains. The reason is the acid of your skin. Most often it does not just your skin, but the way you treat it.
Our fingers are affected by numerous different environments. When you wash the dishes or make some cleaning at home you surely use different chemicals. Those may react with sterling silver making your skin green or black. It is better to take your fine jewelry rings during such activities. In case it is not an option for some reason, make sure to use special gloves in order to protect not just your jewelry, but the skin of your hands as well. To be specific, the chemical that is most likely to harm your jewelry during every day wear is chlorine.
Different body lotions or creams you apply to your hands which are supposed to soften your skin may affect the beauty of your jewelry. Some of their contents are harder than the metals that are used in jewelry production. Tiny pieces of metal could be easily worn off by those particles also causing the stain.
Even the sweat may be harmful so to keep you jewelry beautiful for the longest period of time it is good to wear it only when you really need to. Always take it off when you go to the shower, swimming pool and other high humidity areas. It is better to take the rings off before going to bed too. Try to put not use lotions, soaps or any other cleaning liquids when you have your ring on.
Besides reducing the reasons for staining, you should not forget to polish your sterling silver rings regularly in order to prevent chemical reactions. This activity will as well keep your jewelry best looking.
Knowing the above written and trying to follow the provided instructions will surely help you reduce of even solve for good the green and black staining problem.