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Caring For Your Sterling Silver Prayer Box

Chances are, your prayer box is made of an alloy of silver and another base metal, added for hardening. "Sterling" silver is a high quality alloy that is no less than 92.5% silver.

In our modern, polluted world, your silver will eventually tarnish. This tarnish is the result of a chemical reaction between the silver and sulfur in the air, especially hydrogen sulfide. It has been written that prior to the Industrial Revolution, tarnish on silver was unheard of.

No one wants tarnish on their silver plates and dinnerware, but some tarnish is actually a desired feature of jewelry intended to be presented as antique or vintage.  Indeed, virtually all prayer boxes available on the market today are contemporary pieces that have been chemically treated to promote "antiquing" (tarnish).  Some are marketed  fraudulently as "antiques."  

Antiquing not only makes your prayer box look old and special, it also creates contrast that brings out the design engraved or etched on your prayer box.  Carefully examine the prayer box above and to the right.  Notice that the base (the container) has been antiqued to a coloring darker than the rest of the piece. This darker background allows the shiny wiring and silver dot granulations to stand out by contrast.

If you want your prayer box to be shiny (tarnish free), then a strong commercial tarnish remover is required. However, if you want your piece to look bright AND antiqued, a weak cleaning solution that will clean the prayer box without removing the antiquing is necessary. 

Here is an excellent source of information about sterling silver:

The Sterling Silver Guide 


Prayer Box With Turquoise


On Prayer

"One single grateful thought raised to heaven is the most perfect prayer."

G. E. Lessing
German Dramatist
(1729 - 1781)


"Prayer is not an old woman's idle amusement. Properly understood and applied, it is the most potent instrument of action."

"Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul. It is daily admission of one's weakness. It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart."

Mahatma Gandhi
Indian Philosopher

"Prayer is an important practice that serves to internalize the ideals of the Buddhist path."

G. R. Lewis
Buddhist Faith
Fellowship Founder


"Prayer enlarges the heart until it is capable of containing God's gift of himself. "

Mother Teresa
(1910 - 1997)

"To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing."

Rev. Martin Luther King
Minister and Civil Rights Leader
(1929 - 1968)

"No prayer is complete without presence." 

Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi
Persian Sufi Mystic 

"In prayer, it is better to have heart without words, than words without heart."

John Bunyan
Puritan Minister and Writer

"Our prayers must mean something to us if they are to mean anything to God."

Maltbie Davenport Babcock
Presbyterian Minister and Poet