Oxidized jewelry is in trend now a days as a classy option with all its charm and fine craftsmanship. The fact that oxidized silver gives a pleasing visual combination with any skin tone enhancing the look of the wearer. A growing popularity of oxidized jewelry has resulted in innovative designs. The designer collection of rings, earrings, necklaces, bracelets and so forth are infinite! Moreover, the trend in fashion jewelry is also contributing a lot in popularizing such ornaments among all female age group. Earlier, Oxidized jewelry was associated with the Indian hippie culture, where only the tribal women would wear oxidized jewelry. However, with time, people recognized the beauty of this type of jewelry and the way in which it enhanced the overall look of a woman and her outfit. Many would also know the oxidized jewelry as Tribal or German silver oxidized jewelry.
The process of oxidization has the blending of the two metals to create the alloy. A pure metal like silver is exposed to Sulfur to get the oxidized effect. Another method of oxidizing jewelry is the use of Silver Black which contains Hydrochloric acid and provides a controlled approach, than compared to the use of Liver of Sulfur.
Why is it so popular?
Now a days the oxidized jewelry has gained popularity. Oxidized jewelry is the first choice of women who adore the feisty, ethnic, look. The dark effect of the jewelry gives it a unique and antique look. It is also cost effective in comparison to metals like gold and silver. These pieces have an old world charm and traditional appeal. Oxidized jewelry comes in the trendiest of designs, right from traditional and tribal designs to chic and urbane ones which you can even wear to work. In regional or festival circuits, oxidized jewelry is immensely popular during navratri and cultural festivals. Usually oxidized necklace and earring sets are paired with traditional outfits or sarees. But you can mix and match different Indo-western or modern sartorial styles like a rainbow skirt with a cotton tank top and pair it with chunky oxidized necklaces, or wear a strapless gown with geometric or animal/floral themed oxidized choker and big bracelet cuffs of oxidized silver. Or else, just go with classic oxidized gemstone pendants or totemic oxidized earrings paired with daily work wear. Whether it is the Jhumkas, Chandbalis, earrings with tassels and pearls, long drop earrings with pom poms or a simple ear stud with a diamond in the Centre, oxidized earrings in all forms look beautiful and versatile. These can be paired with Kurtis, Indo-western outfits, sarees, lehengas, long skirts, Indian suits, and so on. The options are many and the more you experiment with oxidized jewelry, the more creative you can get with your outfit pairings.
If such jewelry is maintained with precaution, it can last long. Keep your costume jewelry in a closed cardboard box, covering it up with cotton. The ideal place to store them is cool and away from sunlight. Even indoor light source like florescent lights or light bulbs turn the color of oxidized jewelry over time. If you expect not to wear a certain piece for a long time, put it in an air-tight bag and store it in a drawer. Steamers or hot water should never come into contact with oxidized pieces.