Over time, without proper care, all sterling jewellery is susceptible to tarnish. It's important to understand that tarnish is in no way related to the quality of silver but more related to the chemisty and science behind how tarnish occurs.

Sterling Silver contains 92.5% Silver and 7.5% of an additional metal, usually copper. The copper is what makes the Silver harder & more durable for jewellery making. While the addition of copper is what makes it more durable, copper is also what causes tarnish.

Tarnish is a chemical reaction caused by the copper reacting to moisture and sulfur in the air. Sterling Silver will generally tarnish quicker in high humidity climates & places with higher levels of air pollution. Perfume, hairspray, deodorant, medications and moisturisers can also contribute to tarnishing due to the chemical reactions with these substances. For some people tarnish can appear quicker than others based on the environment and individuals body acidity.

To help prevent tarnish we recommend the following

✨ Regularly polish your jewellery with a jewellery polish cloth. We provide one with every order and also have them available for purchase on our website.


✨ When not in use we recommend storing your piece in a dry airtight container (we recommend storing your piece in an air tight zip lock bag or jewellery box specifically designed to house jewellery and limit chemical reactions)


✨ Where possible avoid direct contact with perfume, lotions, hair spray & fake tan


✨ Consider removing your jewellery before showering or swimming


Gold and Rose Gold Fill are lovely low maintenance precious metals that are highly resistant to tarnish.

We recommend polishing your piece with a jewellery polishing cloth as required. We provide one with every order and also have them available for purchase on our website.

The following are all fantastic options for cleaning your jewellery

✨ A jewellery polishing cloth

✨ Wash with mild dish detergent and warm water to remove contaminants that may cause tarnish. Dry with a soft microfibre cloth.

✨ Line a shallow bowl with aluminium foil. Place each piece of jewelelry onto the foil. Combine 1 cup of boiling water with 1 tablespoon of salt and 1 tablespoon of baking soda together. Pour the mixture into the bowl with 1/2 cup of vinegar. Bubbles will come to the surface. Let the mixture sit for approximately 10 minutes. Rinse in cool water and dry off with a soft microfiber cloth.

✨ Send your piece back to us for a professional clean. A small cost for materials and registered postage will apply. Please email for further details on how to arrange the return of your Em & Eve piece.