Everybody is looking for the best method to prevent silver from tarnishing. I filmed this experiment to test the effectiveness of a newly invented plating system. This will help keep the bright appearance of the treated silver for a longer period of time. You can still solder and chemically oxidize the silver chain. .
One chain is untreated acting as the control chain for comparison. The other chain has been treated with a hypoallergenic molecular bonding process at the Italian factory. This process is supposed to help the sterling silver resist tarnishing. It protects the stock from oxidation. Common things such as UV rays while on display, oxidation while in storage and from customers trying on the pieces. Such oxidation is the ire of many merchants, who need to constantly clean silver that is on display. This is common if the store or salon is located is near the sea air. Many stores use fluorescent lights or has sunny windows.
Conventional methods have been plating the silver with rhodium, which will prevent it from ever tarnishing. However, some people are allergic to rhodium, which has nickel content. Many silver lovers do not the darker grey colour that resembles stainless steel. Furthermore, you cannot solder or chemically oxidize rhodium plated silver – a design process that produces beautiful antiquing effects.
The other method of preventing tarnish is coating the silver with various forms of jewelry lacquer (varnishes and e-coating). These are effective for pendants and charms. However, they are undesirable for chains because such coatings cause the chain links to be stiff. Also the spring mechanisms can clog – thus losing their spring action.