Is there any reason why my current method of keeping silver clean isn't a good one? I shop thrift shops, flea markets, etc. and purchase old silverware boxes lined with the non tarnish felt and store my silver and gold pieces in them. So far, no damage or tarnishing, but I wonder if the chemicals in the fabric would have a harmful effect on the pieces over a period of time or if it's the same as the non tarnish cloths we use?
This technique has worked for decades without any problem. There are new products on the market that allow you to place your jewelry in air-tight containers that significantly reduce oxidation on your silver. Gold should not be a problem with oxidation if it is 14kt or over and a sunshine cloth will bring a bright polish to your piece with very little effort.