Frequently asked questions
What is "Oxidized Sterling silver"
The term oxidizing is a misnomer since the process is caused by the introduction of sulphides ( most commonly Potassium Sulphide) and not oxygen, to create the blackened surface on silver jewellery. Like other patinas, oxidized silver is just a surface treatment and does not change the internal color or properties of the metal.
Over time and depending on the amount of wear you give your pieces, the oxidized finish will polish off and the look of your blackened silver piece will gradually change over time, Oxidized finishes have the longest life on pieces that come into minimal contact with their surroundings, eg. earrings and necklaces.
Rings and bracelets tend not to hold their color quite as long since they rub on things we touch more frequently. Blackened finishes which have been applied to the recesses of a design tend to hold their color best while the raised areas of the piece polish up over time.
It’s best to remove your oxidized silver jewellery before showering or washing your hands. In general, oxidized silver jewellery should not be cleaned with jewellery cleaning dips or aggressive polishing that will strip the blackened surface. If a cleaning is necessary, use a mild dish detergent and soft toothbrush with as little rubbing as possible.