Tarnish is typically associated with silver jewelry. However, any jewelry alloy—including karat gold—can tarnish and corrode, and the relationship between a jeweler and a customer can soon do the same. Fortunately, jewelers have ways to protect these metals, including a few patented products created by the world-renowned Bell Labs (whose discoveries and inventions have earned nine Nobel prizes). In this Product Profile, Andrea Hill talks with Marc Rothenberg, president of Intercept Silver & Jewelry Care Co., about the latest developments that neutralizes corrosive gases in a safe, clean way, without the need for secondary packaging and cleaning operations.
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Developed by Bell Labs to solve problems they were experiencing with tarnish and corrosion, the Intercept Technology™ is a revolutionary product reacting solid-state reactive materials into a polymer matrix. These materials react with and neutralize all corrosive gases that contact the film. It provides10 years of protection against corrosive gases per mil of Intercept material. Intercept™ protects ferrous and non-ferrous metals as well as preventing galvanic corrosion.
Metals corrode (tarnish) by reaction with common gases in the atmosphere. These corrosive gases react with both ferrous (iron-based) and non-ferrous metals. However, these gases are the primary cause for tarnish and corrosion of non-ferrous metal (such as silver, gold, tin, copper, brass, etc).
In this webinar Intercept president Marc Rothenberg and lead engineer Keith Donaldson explain the impact of tarnish and corrosion on jewelry quality.
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Intercept Silver and Jewelry Care Co., LLC, is the exclusive authorized worldwide distributor of Intercept Technology™ anti-corrosion and anti-tarnish products for the silver and jewelry industries. Our state-of-the-art products include Corrosion Intercept® & Static Intercept®, patented polymers that react with and permanently neutralize atmospheric gases that cause the corrosion of precious metals.