I was wondering if chlorine (as found in concentrations found in
pools, hot tubs and household cleaning products) would damage
sterling silver too.
Not in the way it does to gold. It won't cause brittleness or
cracking. But it can, over time, cause the surface to get a somewhat
dusty/, murky,. look, rather than bright clean white. It forms a
thin layer of silver chloride on the surface, which gives it that
sorta smutty look. But silver chloride is insoluable, so once a thin
layer forms, the process stops. In effect, it just causes the polish
to deteriorate a bit, and it's not all that fast a process. AND, you
can simply see what's happening. Not like white golds, where the
item looks like new until the prong breaks off unexpededly.