I have a LOT of sterling jewelry. With regular wear, unless one
exposes the silver to sulphur-based products (like dandruff
shampoo!), tarnish only develops in the recesses. I wore a variety of
sterling jewelry into a natural hot springs and everything went
black. After a few days of continual wear, the tarnish wore off the
highlights… however, I digress.
I store my personal sterling in a jewelry box lined with Pacific
cloth, and covered with a loose piece of the same fabric. Between
show seasons, my sterling stock is sandwiched between Pacific cloth
and lives in drawers that are kept shut. An old silver flatware chest
is an excellent, easy-to-access storage solution. They can often be
found minus the flatware, at thrift stores for cheap.
The main thing is for the air, which contains sulphur compounds, to
pass through the cloth before reaching the silver. The classic and
best Pacific cloth is a brown thick flannel, 36"-39" wide, and
usually must be ordered. Google for sources online.
Stay shiny and happy,
Judy in Kansas, where I harvested enough strawberries for a batch of
delicious jam. Last year’s jam was dated May 15… 2012 is an early