A must have for any jewelry case or box! Chemically treated paper, protects metal from discoloration for approximately 6 months. Best if used in a sealed, air-tight container or bag and they will last even longer. They protect silver, nickel, copper, bronze, brass, gold and pewter. These work great to protect jewelry, silverware, dinnerware, Instruments or many other metal items from tarnish. These are a must have for any home or jewelry store. Protect your investments. Use a 1" paper tab for up to 30 cubic inches.
What are Anti-Tarnish Tabs?
They're a special absorbent paper that incorporates 3M® Tarni-Shield Technology. This technology is designed to inhibit tarnish or discoloration of metals in transit or storage. They protect jewelry, flatware, serving pieces, musical instruments, trophies and other items. Strips and tabs protect silver, nickel, copper, bronze, brass, tin, pewter and gold.
How do they work?
When exposed to surrounding airspace the activated sites immediately go to work scavenging corrosive agents such as hydrogen sulfide (main tarnish causing agent), sulfur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide (a secondary pollutant of photochemical smog, also produced in combustion process), ozone, hydrogen, chloride and chlorine and organic carboxylic acid.
How long will these Tabs protect?
Length of time depends on permeability of the storage or shipping container and the pollution level of the surrounding atmosphere. These estimates may vary based on location.
A. Loosely sealed container (Cardboard box) 6 months
B. Moderately tight seal (flap top bag) 12 months
c. Tightly Sealed (zip-lock bag) 24 months
We store all of ours in 1 or 2 ziplock bags and squeeze all of the air out of the bag so they are virtually air tight. We get new stock in about every 1-2 months so they stay fresh.
Are the tabs safe?
Yes, completely safe and non-toxic. They do not emit any chemicals or gases, and they leave no residue on the metals being protected. There may be some minor dust in the bag, but when used individually this is not a problem.
Basic Instructions: Remove the Anti-Tarnish Tabs from container and place them near polished metal in an enclosed area. Use tabs in jewelry cases, storage bags or boxes, china cabinets, silverware chests, musical instrument cases or trophy cases. One tab protects 30 cubic inches of air space. Store unused strips in a sealed, airtight bag.
Esslinger & Co. is independent of and not affiliated with or sponsored by 3M®. Warranty does not apply to non-genuine parts supplied by Esslinger & Co.