Sterling silver is a precious metal. 925 silver has been used in men’s and women’s jewelry for thousands of years.
Archaeologists have found silver items dating back to ancient Egypt and Rome! Unlike the iron and steel items, silver (like gold) actually still looks the same now as is did during ancient times and didn’t change color or rust for 1000s of years!!
Silver is a great choice for men’s jewelry such as Miami Cuban chains or iced out rings and pendants. Whether you get plain silver or a gold plated piece is will never turn green or irritate the skin! What irritates the skin in cheap metals like brass and stainless steel in most cases is the nickel. Copper and brass on the other hand, turn your skin green while also causing allergic reactions! 925 sterling silver is 100% nickel, brass, and copper free! Nobody has allergies to silver (unless it contains nickel or other impurities). Silver is actually antimicrobial and is used in bandaids and surgical equipment as it inhibits the growth of bacteria.
Silver if left outside however does oxidize. When oxygen reacts with silver molecules it leaves a dark tint or patina on the jewelry. The good news is that this can be very easily cleaned with baking soda or commercially available silver cleaners!
The good news is also that by wearing your silver chain or bracelet you actually stop the oxidation!!! As you wear your piece it actually gets rubbed against your neck or hand and oxygen doesn’t have a chance to react and oxidize the jewelry.
In summary, 925 sterling silver doesn’t tarnish or turn green! It’s antimicrobial and doesn’t cause allergies. If you keep it stored for long periods of time a simple cleaning with baking soda or silver cleaner will make it shine like new again. Gold or rhodium plated jewelry doesn’t oxidize at all and will last many many years until care is needed!