Sterling silver is widely used for making jewelry, ornaments, currency, apparel, trophies, and medals. These items kept by people as prized possessions who own them. Silver is a precious metal but it is challenging to mold it into anything, and even if one manages to do it somehow, the molded article is likely to bend easily under light force, which is not what we want after all those efforts.
Sterling silver contains 92.5% silver and 7.5% copper. Copper is mixed with silver so that it retains its shape when molded into jewelry or any other article. Sterling silver is the best metal to choose for jewelry, copper while giving the rigidity and strength, also tarnishes the jewelry when it comes in contact with moisture. If a ring turns finger green, it is either this tarnishing or it is happening because your skin is sensitive to copper, which is present in sterling silver in very minor quantities.
There are many measures that you can take to prevent turn your finger green which is listed below:
Protect your jewelry from moisture
Sterling silver contains some copper, as we mentioned before, which can come in contact with moisture and make your jewelry tarnished. This tarnishing effect may cause your finger to turn green, which is the reason you should avoid wearing jewelry in environments with more moisture than usual. You should avoid wearing sterling silver jewelry while swimming, saunas, steam baths, cleaning and washing clothes/utensils, etc. If your sterling silver jewelry comes in contact with moisture, make sure you wipe it completely dry so that no moisture is left in the difficult-to-reach areas.
Wear high-quality jewelry
Always prefer high-quality jewelry especially rings so that your finger would not turn green. It doesn’t matter if it is sterling silver, gold, or platinum, it should be 100% real without anything else mixed and always buy your jewelry from trusted retailers. Even if you are buying from a local jeweler, buy only if you have full confidence in them, and look for the hallmark of every jewelry item that you buy. If any sterling silver jewelry articles have ‘925’ stamped then it means 100% authentic and pure.
Try clear nail polish or jeweler’s shield
If you are allergic to copper, both the methods mentioned above will not help, because even the best quality sterling silver will contain copper. So, this is where you use the coating method. Try clear nail polish or buy jeweler’s shield from the market, which is made for the sole purpose of stopping such reactions. Apply a layer on the inside of your sterling silver ring and let it dry for about half an hour. If you are using clear nail polish, it might last for 4-6 days, and if you are using the jeweler’s shield, it will last for about two months with regular usage and about three months with less frequent usage. This method can work for any metal that you may be allergic to.