I’ve talked about imprints before, where there is a pattern in relief on the metal. This pattern may go unnoticed, unless you oxidise the piece to make the relief more visible.
Also with crochet or knitted metal work, the structure becomes more visible with oxidation.
The photos below show the difference between the natural light tone of the silver, and the effect of the patina when it has been oxidised.
Did you know that you don’t need any hazardous chemicals to oxidise silver? A boiled egg will do.
If you don’t believe me, watch this Hackaweek video (8 mins) that walks you through it, and also explains the chemistry behind this. You can also read these Tips on how to use boiled eggs for metal patination by The Beading Gem (the article is old, but well made).
If you have a piece of silver jewellery that you are tired of, perhaps you want to try this and see if it changes how you feel about it.