Is Silver Rust Proof?

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Is silver rust? That’s a question often asked . The short answer is: No! As it doesn’t contain iron in it.
In this new post we will dive in this topic to know more about it. 

Are you ready? So let’s go!

Silver Is Really Rust Proof:

Silver Cutlery Set fork

What can happen to silver, is that it will tarnish but not rust. 

What’s the difference between tarnish and rust?
When your silver pieces, jewels or cutlery set begin to turn dark it’s called tarnish. 

There is some ways to clean it, but we will see this later. 
As you know there is mainly 3 kinds of silver: S999 – S990 – S925 which defines the degree of purity of the metal. 

If we take in example the most popular: S925 sterling silver, we know that on one kg of silver there is 75 g of copper or nickel mixed in.

So it won’t rust at all, on the other hand, what can frequently happens is that your finger will green when you wear 925 sterling silver jewel. That’s again because of the copper contained in the jewel. 

It won’t stick on a magnet

We call it “the magnet test”, it’s the fact to approach a magnet on your silver item to see if it’s attracted or not by it. If silver contains iron, so it will stick, and you can say by this test that is not silver. And of course this item will can rust. 
To know more about how you can test your silver items, you can go to see this post, we’ve covered all the topic very deeply. 

You can wear your silver item when shower, or wash it with clear water.

If silver would rust, the fact to make it in contact with water would damaged your product as a jewel, a coin or an ingot or even any item you have in silver. 
So if you can shower or go to swim with it, without any problem is because it doesn’t rust at all.

Now that we made this point clear, it’s possible that your item turn dark or tarnishes. If so, your item is or S990 or S925 sterling silver. There is some ways to clean it, on the next chapter we will give you three of them. 

How to clean your items?

lemon and silverware
lemon and silverware

There is three free methods to clean your items at home easily.

  1. Please soak it 10 seconds in a bath of warm water, white vinegar and baking soda and see magic!
  2. Gently whip it with a soft cloth and toothpaste until its bright back.
  3. If your item contains some gem or stones, just soak it again in a mix of 50/50 water and alcohol at 90° for at least 20 mn. 

This methods work perfectly, but they will need to be practice often to keep your item in the best aspect. 


Now you can be sure that silver won’t rust anyway. If ever rusting, you can be sure that’s not silver but something containing iron. We hope you enjoyed this post. See you next time. 



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