When a piece appears black or yellowy or has changed in appearance since it was new, it’s because it has oxidised or tarnished. This happens because silver is a precious metal that will naturally oxidise or tarnish over time from contact with substances in the air, skin, creams, perfumes, etc. ⛓
If a piece becomes yellowy, it’s because it’s tarnished. If your jewellery tarnishes and turns yellowy, it’s typically because the piece has been lying in direct sunlight, for example if you store it in an open jewellery bowl or similar. You can easily get rid of the yellow colour by cleaning the piece.
If a piece becomes dark, it’s because it has oxidised. Sometimes this happens when it comes into contact with air, sweat, creams, perfume or similar – and sometimes it never reacts to this at all. Avoid storing all your jewellery in one large pile, as an oxidised piece can “infect” the other pieces – almost like a ripe banana that makes other fruits near it ripen faster.
Oxidation and tarnishing don’t ruin your silver jewellery.
They can easily be cleaned again and I’ve made a guide on how to clean your jewellery ✨
You can find the guide here.