How can I prevent my jewelry from turning black?

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Jewelry is often worn for its beauty and elegance. Because we love our jewelry, it can be very frustrating to find that it darkens over time. This can happen to any type of jewelry, whether gold, silver or any other metal.

The different reasons

  • Oxidation: silver, copper and brass jewels tend to oxidize over time. When these metals are exposed to air, they react with oxygen to create a sulfide layer that gives the jewelry a tarnished, dark appearance.
  • Sweat: if you're a very active person, regularly engage in strenuous physical activity and wear jewelry during your workouts, it will darken more quickly. Sweat contains acids that can corrode the metals in our jewelry.
  • Chemical products: such as perfumes, lotions, cleaning products and hair products can all affect the color of your jewelry. If you spray perfumes or use cleaning products on your jewelry, it may darken more quickly.

How to prevent jewelry from darkening?

  • Store your jewelry properly: it's important to store your jewelry in a dry, dark place. You can use fabric-lined jewelry boxes to prevent your jewelry from scratching or rubbing against each other.
  • Remove your jewelry before showering: cleaning products, shampoo and soap can affect the color of your jewelry. We therefore recommend removing them before showering or bathing.
  • Avoid wearing them during strenuous physical activity: jewelry can oxidize more quickly when exposed to sweat. If you are involved in sports or other intense physical activity, remove your jewelry.
  • Avoid exposure to chemicals: chemicals can affect the color of your jewelry. So avoid exposing them to cleaning products, perfumes or hair care products.
  • Clean your jewelry regularly: you can clean your jewelry with soapy water and a soft brush. Avoid using harsh chemicals that could damage your jewelry.

Find out how to clean your jewelry:

In short, jewelry can turn black for a number of reasons, including oxidation, sweat and chemicals. To prevent this from happening, it's important to store your jewelry properly, remove it before showering or playing sports, avoid chemicals and adopt good care habits. If you'd like your jewels to regain their youthfulness, don't hesitate to contact us. We can repair and restore all your jewels to their original color.

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