Most silver jewelry will eventually begin to tarnish over time. Factors like humidity and exposure to household cleaning products or chlorine can make silver tarnish quickly.Care should be taken to avoid exposing your silver to household chemicals when cleaning with bleach or ammonia, or when swimming in chlorinated water, as these chemicals can damage silver. You can find very good tarnish remover products at any Wal-Mart or Target. These work very well but smell like rotten eggs. Toothpaste also does a fairly good job of removing tarnish. Put some on an old toothbrush and scrub off the tarnish. For chains, put some on a paper towel and run the chain through it. You'll see black tarnish on the towel after you do this.
At Caleesi Designs, we use Argenium silver and Sterlium silver. Both are .925 silver but with a tarnish resistant alloy added that helps to prevent tarnishing. Also, we will at any time clean, polish, and refurbish any piece purchased from us for as long as you own it.
By Stephan Werbeck