Can Sterling Silver .925 turn your finger green?
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I recently bought a new ring, stamped .925 and after a week about of wear my finger has turned green. Other than my engagment ring all of my jewelry has been sterling silver, and in my 29 years have never had anything turn me green before. Just wondering if it is really .925 or if maybe it just has different alloys than everything else I own.
Posted at 1:02am Sep 29, 2010 EDT
Sadly, anyone can buy a .925 stamp.
You may have been deceived.
In all the years I sold Sterling silver rings, I did have ONE lady turn green. she had very acidic skin. Although you say you have been wearing sterling for years.
I would bring the ring back.
Posted at 1:52am Sep 29, 2010 EDT
If it is the only ring turning you green, and you are wearing other sterling silver items at the same time, I'd be thinking that it isn't sterling.
Sterling silver is an alloy of fine silver (.925) and other metals (.075) - the standard is copper (for reference, some new sterling silver alloys have other metals, such as platinum). Although copper in silver can turn some people green at times, it would be consistent on all your fingers wearing sterling.
Some people may also have a reaction to rhodium, which is a plating often used over sterling to keep it shiny, but I don't know if the reaction is green!
Posted at 7:07am Sep 29, 2010 EDT