Silica Gel Packs for Preventing Tarnish on Jewelry?

by Barbara Solomon.
(California)

Silica Gel Packs for Preventing Tarnish on Jewelry?  - Discussion on Jewelry Making Journal

I just read about using silica gel packs in plastic bags, to prevent tarnish on jewelry.

If that works, it sounds like a better idea, than those tarnish strips, that seem to expire.

I’m trying to prevent tarnish on my copper/gemstone jewelry.

Anyone using them?

What is your experience?

What size do you generally use? Obviously, the size will depend on the size of the jewelry, you are trying to protect!

Thanks,
Barbara Solomon

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  • Denise says:

    I use the silica packets to help keep the moisture away from my copper foil strips for stained glass. I use them in a ziplock bag. I’ve had some copper foil for a couple of years and it is still sticky with no signs (green) of oxidation. I would guess that it might work for copper jewelry too. Good luck!

  • Linda Virta says:

    I also put the packets in my jewelry box. I just put in whatever size packet I have. You might want to look at Joann Fabric site. They sell a number of inexpensive anti tarnish boxes. I also found they sell just the dividers separately that are anti tarnish for up to 3 years. I put my sterling silver cast pieces in one of these boxes that are for uncompleted jewelry projects. No tarnish so far. Haven’t tried it for copper yet.

  • Victoria says:

    I use every silica gel pack I can get my hands on. The best ones I have found are the ones from medication bottles and the larger “pillows” from shoe boxes but I’ve found any and all work well.

    I work with copper wire and store my clean, finished pieces in a ziplock bag with a silica gel packet. I squeeze as much air as possible out of the bag before sealing it. It can be weeks between markets for me and my jewellery is always ready for display.

  • Lorna says:

    I make sterling silver jewellery and I have found that the anti tarnish bags. I include the bag in the boxes with the purchased piece to help my customers keep their jewellery sparkling.

    Unfortunately I don’t know if they would work with other mediums, but as they are not very expensive they may be worth a try.

    Must admit I have never thought of using the sachets. Might try it on a piece to see if it would work for my silver stash.

  • Barbara S. says:

    Thanks for your comments!

    I ordered some packs from Amazon, put them in sealed ziplock bags, with the necklaces.

    Time will tell!

    Barbara

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