If a bangle is made out of gold and silver, connected with each-other would there be corrosion happening? If so, can it be explained using the galvanic series?

Also do those metals undergo oxidation under normal conditions?

  • $\begingroup$ A very interesting question - I wonder if the carat (varying ratio of Au and Ag) value affects the rate of corrosion (if any are present) $\endgroup$
    – user15489
    Jun 7, 2015 at 9:51

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As you state, though silver is not very reactive, silver jewelry would corrode more rapidly when in contact with gold and a bit of sweat as electrolyte. Though the difference in electronegativity of pure gold and pure silver is 0.15V, and is considered acceptably corrosion resistant, commercial jewelry contains copper and other metals in the alloys. There is clearly evident corrosion in photos of copper/silver jewelry. According to the Victoria and Albert Museum staff, "All metals, with the exception of 24 carat gold, suffer the effects of corrosion."

However, in a bangle, physical abrasion is likely to cause more damage and loss of material than galvanic corrosion. Wear the jewelry and enjoy it, but it will not last forever.


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