Sterling silver is a metal that tarnishes (oxidizes) rather easily. It is inevitable that your sterling silver jewelry will start to tarnish but here are some tips that will help slow down the process.
Gold filled jewelry is created in a similar process to gold plated jewelry, yet it is leaps and bounds ahead in quality. Gold filled is created by applying gold over a base metal and the gold content must be at least 1/20th the weight of the total piece. Gold filled offers an economical alternative, while giving little up in quality.
With its bright, silvery finish and its resistance to tarnish, stainless steel is a very popular choice for jewelry. Unlike most other jewelry, you can wear your stainless steel pieces in the shower or in the pool. Stainless steel jewelry doesn't require much special care but it does scratch. Store your stainless steel pieces separately from other jewelry. You can clean your pieces with a couple drops of mild dishwashing soap and warm water. Always use a soft, non abrasive cloth to clean or polish.