Can silver rust?

Silver is known in the chemistry world as a noble metal and hence is one of the non-corrosive materials. Despite this, pure silver or its cheaper variants are known to develop tarnish when exposed to air containing sulfur. So, silver does not rust as such but reacts strongly to chemicals. Taking good care of the silver items can make all the difference. Many people ask if water can also cause damage to the silver then the answer is yes and no. Water does not exactly damage sterling silver yet the same can oxidize more quickly (depending on the quality of water and it's chemical composition).