What is the best way to take care of my new jewelry?
All our jewelry is made from either sterling/fine silver, copper or brass metal. Copper and brass metals can tarnish a lot faster than silver as this is a naturally occurrence that happens as the metal is exposed to moisture. We do our best to prevent this as best as possible but through normal wear you will start to notice a darkening or patina. While in some cases this can enhance the piece, below are listed steps to prevent tarnishing and help with care of your jewelry.
Remove jewelry before bathing or swimming & avoid spraying perfumes, hairsprays or other chemicals as these may cause discoloration.
When not wearing seal in an air-tight container or bag with an anti-tarnish tab (one will be included with your purchase).
Use caution when using any jewelry cleaner, read all directions carefully as it may not be safe for piece.Many cleaners shouldn’t be used on porous stones such as opal or pearls.With each purchase is enclosed a polishing cloth for the cleaning quick cleanup for your jewelry.
CARING FOR OXIDIZED SILVER JEWELRY
The blackish color of oxidized sterling silver is a special treatment. With time and with wear, the color of the oxidized metal may lighten a bit—this is a natural and organic occurrence. If you attempt to clean oxidized sterling silver with a cloth or chemicals, it may strip off the oxidized finish. Please do not clean oxidized sterling silver jewelry. Attempting to clean oxidized sterling silver jewelry will remove the finish.
CARING FOR STERLING SILVER JEWELRY
Sterling silver will tarnish naturally over time but can be cleaned very easily. Be sure to clean the silver only and avoid contact with any stones, particularly pearls and soft stones such as opals and emeralds, as the polish may cause damage to these stones.
Be particularly careful of chlorine. Chlorine, especially at high temperatures, can permanently damage or discolor your silver jewelry. Avoid wearing silver jewelry while using chlorine bleach or while in a pool or hot tub. Tarnish is also accelerated in a humid environment. Oily salts from fingers can also tarnish silver.
CARING FOR COPPER JEWELRY
It is important to take special care of copper jewelry. The warm rustic finish of copper can become tarnished or develop a patina if the material is exposed to various chemicals and moisture. Copper is also a soft metal and can bend easily. Be sure to handle your copper jewelry carefully, and to care for it properly to maintain its beauty.
CARING FOR BRASS JEWELRY
As with silver jewelry, brass jewelry will tarnish naturally over time but can be cleaned very easily. Be sure to clean the brass only and avoid contact with any stones, particularly pearls and soft stones such as opals and emeralds, as the polish may cause damage to these stones.
TRAVELING WITH JEWELRY
When traveling, protect your jewelry pieces from scratches or other impact damage by padding it in a separate box or case.
What's the difference between Sterling and Fine Silver?
Fine silver is pure silver, 99.9% silver. Fine silver does not tarnish but is soft. You will see a marking on items made with Fine Silver with .999.
Sterling silver is a silver alloy of 92.5% silver and 7.5% copper. The copper makes the silver harder and more durable but also causes the silver to tarnish over time. You will see a marking on items made purely with Sterling Silver or mixed with Fine Silver with .925.