Flatware has become such an everyday feature of our lives that we rarely stop to consider its origins and history. Today, you can go to any department store and find a set of stainless steel silverware, but that wasn’t always the case.
In fact, the cutlery that you see today was predated by vintage silverware. Interested? Here’s a deep dive into the history of vintage silverware.View Full Article…
Silver is among the most beautiful precious metals found on Earth. It is rare enough that owning it is a status symbol. It is also common enough to be an affordable luxury. If you enjoy silver, you may have a collection of silver coins, a few pieces of silver jewelry or a set of silver flatware. You may even have a treasured set of silver Moscow Mule mugs or julep cups.
If silver has any weakness as a precious metal, it is the fact that it forms silver sulfide after prolonged exposure to sulfur in the air. The black tarnish mars appearance of the otherwise beautiful metal. Severe tarnish might even cause you to avoid displaying or using your silver items.
Don’t let the fear of tarnish prevent you from using your silver regularly. Polishing silver is actually quite easy. Doing it safely, though, takes time. You want to remove the worst of the tarnish without damaging the silver’s finish or removing the natural patina, so patience is a virtue when polishing silver.