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What is Oxidized Silver?

Oxidized Silver. What is it?

Oxidized silver isn’t exactly what it sounds like. Oxidizing silver is a process where an ordinary piece of sterling silver is mixed together with a liquid called liver of sulfur. The silver’s reaction to the liver of sulfur transforms the outer layer into a dark, charcoal color with little to no luster. This process is actually just an accelerated result of silver’s natural tarnishing process.

Why do we oxidize our silver?

Oxidized silver looks entirely different than what you’re used to seeing on an everyday basis. Black and gold has always been one of my favorite color combinations, and when I found out about this process I knew I had to include it.

How do you wear and pair oxidized silver?

The beauty of oxidized silver is that it’s a dark, earth toned, neutral color that can be worn with almost anything. In our opinion, oxidized silver pieces are especially exciting when paired with a pop of color, like yellow or rose gold. The delicacy of either tint of gold paired with the depth of oxidized silver is a beautiful combination for an elegant yet edgy look.

Of course, if you want something a little more neutral, pairing oxidized silver with a silver chain adds a monochromatic effect while maintaining depth with a slight contrast.

leandra hill metal works gold oxidized silver necklace handmade greenville sc