Jewellery Care

STERLING SILVER

WHAT IS IT? Sterling silver is comprised of 92.5% Silver (it is often referred to as ‘nine-two-five’ silver for this reason, and stamped with the numbers 925) - the other 7.5% is most often an alloy of copper, argentium, or other materials. Please note that we do guarantee that ALL of our silver is entirely free of Nickel - we want you to be able to safely and comfortably wear our jewellery without worry of skin reactions!

CARE: Many products are available for cleaning silver, but we highly recommend using a Polishing Cloth (Need a polishing cloth? Click here!) for quick cleaning, or Baking Soda for a more thorough clean. Baking Soda is already in most people’s homes, it doesn’t harm gemstones, and it does not leave a chemical residue on the material, so it is what we most often recommend! Baking soda can be used in its dry form for a quick clean of a smooth silver surface, or it can be mixed with a few drops of water to create a paste, and then used as a scrub to get into all the little details of your jewellery! After cleaning, simply rinse with water and dry off thoroughly - you don’t want any moisture trapped to attract more tarnish! We recommend a hair dryer on the ‘cool’ setting for an extra thorough dry.

PREVENTING TARNISH: Here are a few tips to help minimize the tarnishing of your silver jewellery!

  1. Wear your silver often! The more often it encounters friction against your skin and clothes, the more it self-polishes!

  2. Store your silver in a closed jewellery case, or even a sealable sandwich bag to minimize air flow, thus minimizing tarnishing! (It is actually oxygen that causes tarnish, so if your jewellery encounters less circulated air, it slows this process a lot!)

  3. Add an Anti-Tarnishing Strip to your jewellery storage. These strips absorb the elements that cause tarnish from the air in an enclosed space, preventing tarnish! They work best when a small piece is placed in a sealable bag with the piece of jewellery, or a larger piece can be placed in a jewellery box where many pieces are stored together. The less air flow that it encounters, the better it works. (Need an anti-tarnish strip? Click here!)

  4. Keep your silver dry, whenever possible. If your silver is in contact with water for too long, it can also cause silver to tarnish quicker than usual. To avoid this, it is recommended to dry your jewellery promptly when it does become wet, and to remove your silver before entering pools, hot tubs, showers, saunas, etc.

 

STAINLESS STEEL

WHAT IS IT? Stainless steel is a beautiful and affordable alternative for jewellery! It’s hypoallergenic, so almost anyone can wear it, and it’s very durable! Even if you’re really rough on your jewellery, it will take much more to scratch or damage Steel than it would for Gold or Silver, which are soft and easily marred. For this reason, it is popular for men’s jewellery as well. It has a slightly ’darker’ shine than silver, so some people still prefer gold or silver, which have a lustrous, ‘white’ shine to them.

CARE: Since steel doesn’t tarnish or corrode, there really is no extra work in caring for it! If you find that your Stainless Steel jewellery has become less shiny, it is usually because fingerprints, hairspray or other beauty products, or even oils from your skin have built up on the surface through normal wear. You can easily clean this off and revive its shine with a soft cloth, or a bit of warm water and mild soap.

 

PLATED JEWELLERY

WHAT IS IT? ‘Plating’ means that there is a thin layer of one material on top of another. The material underneath is called the ‘base metal’, which is often brass or copper for ‘costume’ type jewellery, and usually silver or gold for a more expensive or handcrafted piece.

Items can be plated with various different materials, but the most common will be gold or silver, to make a piece look like it is made of gold or silver, but without the a huge cost to the manufacturer/jeweler. Sometimes, White Gold or Silver will also be plated with a layer of Rhodium, an expensive metal often used to prevent tarnishing and a bright, mirror-finish to the surface. The settings of Taraxca’s Opal, Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald, & Aquamarine collections have a layer of Rhodium Plating on top of Sterling Silver.

CARE: Plating is a thin layer, so it can wear off with time, exposing the material underneath. It is recommended to take extra care with plated jewellery for this reason, such as only wearing for special occasions, removing the item when sleeping, swimming, and showering, etc. and storing your plated jewellery somewhere safe, away from other jewellery that could scratch it. Do not use jewellery cleaners on plated jewellery, as it will speed up the wear of the plating, quickly revealing the base metal underneath.

 

GOLD FILL

WHAT IS IT? Gold Fill is a thick layer of Gold, bonded to a base metal (usually Silver or Brass). Though it seems a similar concept to Plating, Gold fill is a stronger bonding process, using heat and pressure (similar to welding) to adhere the materials to each other. The layer of material on top is also a LOT thicker than a plating is, so Gold Fill does not tend to wear off or show the material underneath, even with frequent wear.

CARE: Though Gold-Fill is a strong bond and a thick layer, if it is not properly cared for it can still be damaged over time. It is recommended to remove Gold-Fill jewellery when swimming, showering, sleeping, etc. to avoid extra wear and any unnecessary contact with chemicals found in pools, hot tubs, or shower/beauty products. Clean your Gold-Fill jewellery with a soft cloth, warm water, and mild soap occasionally to remove excess buildup of oils from your skin and beauty products.

 

LIQUID SILVER

WHAT IS IT? Liquid Silver is comprised of tiny Sterling Silver beads threaded onto Nylon strings. The Nylon gives it a huge amount of strength and flexibility, allowing you to tie it in knots, twist it up, or hang large pendants on it! It really is one of the most versatile pieces you could add to your collection! (Need some inspiration for wearing your Liquid Silver? Click here!)

CARE: Liquid Silver Care is slightly different from other Silver, because of the way it is made. Silver Cleaning Dips must be avoided, as the ‘dip’ gets inside the beads, and is difficult to rinse out, so the moisture and chemicals get trapped and can damage the nylon and cause the silver to tarnish badly. Only use dry Baking Soda for Liquid Silver cleaning.

One great thing about Liquid Silver care is that you will find it tarnishes very little if it is worn once in awhile! While it is being worn, the little beads are all in contact with your skin or clothes throughout the day, and self-polish because they are always sitting at different angles and moving around!