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Pennies and the Statue of Liberty are both made of copper but the Statue of Liberty is now green just like pennies become, although they are shiny when they're new. So copper is the metal that has green tarnish.

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What makes sterling silver tarnish?

exposure to substances which react with the surface of the metal, usually sulphur. Sterling silver is .925 (925%) pure silver. The other .75 is made up of an alloy consisting mainly of copper which oxidizes over time. When copper is exposed to oxygen, it darkens and eventually turns green. Sterling silver doesn't usually turn green but will turn almost black if not protected. Fine silver or .999 silver doesn't tarnish. Argentium silver is a new type of sterling silver that is tarnish-resistant. Only certain chemicals will tarnish Argentium but it will not tarnish from oxidation. Some metals that contain little to no silver are branded with names that make it seem like real silver. One of these metals is nickle silver, which doesn't contain any silver at all.


Will 925 18k gold tarnish?

.925 is a silver content. Sterling silver being 92.5% or higher silver content, the remaining alloys are 7.5%. Some alloys may slow tarnish, but there is no alloy that will eliminate the need for polishing. .750 or 18k gold wont tarnish but may change color with age depending on the remaining .250 alloys. If you are asking if 18k gold plating over a .925 sterling silver base will tarnish, the answer will be when the goldplating has worn off exposing the base metal to the elements, It will tarnish like any other silver.


What causes silver coins to tarnish?

Tarnish occurs when silver reacts with oxygen or hydrogen sulfide in the air, moisture, skin oil from being handled, and other contaminants.


Does gold tarnish?

No, gold does not tarnish. It is because acids and other gases have no effect on it. It does not lose its shine. It is a least reactive metal.


What metal is used to make tarnishes?

Tarnish is a corrosion product. Any metal can corrode. When iron corrodes it is usually called rust. When chrome corrodes, it is usually called corrosion. When decorative-use metals or alloys corrode, such as gold, silver, brass, or copper, the corrosion is usually called tarnish. Tarnish is a thin layer of corrosion that forms over copper, brass, silver, aluminum, and other similar metals as their outermost layer undergoes a chemical reaction. Tarnish does not always result from the sole effects of oxygen in the air. For example, silver needs hydrogen sulfide to tarnish; it does not tarnish with only oxygen. It often appears as a dull, gray or black film or coating over metal. Tarnish is a surface phenomenon, that is self-limiting unlike rust. Only the top few layers of the metal react, and the layer of tarnish seals and protects the underlying layers from reacting. Tarnish actually preserves the underlying metal in outdoor use and is called patina. The formation of patina is necessary in applications such as copper roofing, and outdoor copper, bronze, and brass statues and fittings.


What is the difference between tarnishing and oxidation?

Tarnish is a thin layer of corrosion that forms over copper, brass, silver, aluminum, and other similar metals as their outermost layer undergoes a chemical reaction.Oxidation is defined as the interaction between oxygen molecules and all the different substances they may contact, from metal to living tissue. However, Tarnish does not always result from the sole effects of oxygen in the air. For example, silver needs hydrogen sulfide to tarnish; it does not tarnish with only oxygen. It often appears as a dull, gray or black film or coating over metal whereas oxidation usually results in brown or green. Hope it helps!! :)


Why do you think sterling silver is better than pure silver?

Sterling silver is pure silver adulterated with a small quantity of another metal. The inclusion of this other metal oftentimes is the cause of tarnishing. This explains why some silver pieces tarnish much more than others - it depends on the overall metal mix in the piece. You can actually develop an eye for different makers/time periods/regions of silver pieces due to this factor. For instance, vintage Taxco pieces have a very distinctive patina that differs from that of other period silversmiths, or even from modern Taxco. Pure silver shouldn't tarnish, retaining a very whitish, brilliant shine. It's difficult to find such silver jewelry; a good alternative is rhodium-plated sterling, which also doesn't tarnish easily.


Sterling Silver an element?

No. Sterling silver is a mixture of copper and silver usually. The reason being silver is usually to soft for making functional objects. Copper increases the strength of the metal and provides increased resistance to tarnish. Other elements like platinum and germanium are also used.


How do you know a fork is silver or not?

"Real" silver turns green when it is not washed/cleaned. Here is an expiriment you could do: Take two spoons out of your kitchen. Put the spoons where you know you will not forget where it is. Leave them there and if the spoons have not turned even a little bit green in at least 10-30 days then it is not real silver. (DO NOT LET ANYONE TOUCH THE SPOONS UNTILL YOU FIGURE OUT THE ANSWER!) The green that forms on metal is called verdigris. The metal on which it forms is copper (brass, other alloys). If the spoon turns green, it is definitely not silver. Silver tarnishes, that is, turns brown to black. If it doesn't change color at all, it could be made of one of a multitude of alloys. This was the advantage to "nickel silver" (which contains no silver at all) and "German silver," (no silver, either). They would not tarnish, but kept that nice shine. They were also cheaper to produce, since silver, a precious metal, was left out. Or the spoon could be stainless steel, which is most common in households today.


Why is gold more precious than silver?

Because it is more beautiful and rarer ANSWER: Unlike silver and other metals, gold does not tarnish.


What effect is perfumes have on jewelry ornaments?

Oils and chemicals in perfume can cause tarnish on silver or silver-plated jewelry, it can also damage other types of jewelry; porous stones and gems and costume jewelry. Tarnish can be removed from silver jewelry with a silver polishing cloth or ultrasonic jewelry cleaning machine.


What is MEX 925?

MEX925 stands for Mexican-made sterling silver. Sterling silver by definition is a silver alloy containing 92.5% silver by weight and 7.5% by weight of some other metal, commonly copper, zinc, or platinum, which help give the silver strength (since pure silver metal is generally too soft for producing functional objects), retain ductility, and prevent corrosion (tarnish). Sterling silver is said to have a fineness of 925, which is the number of parts per thousand of pure metal by weight. Pure silver has a fineness of 999.

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