Jewelry Info + Care
What metals do you use and where do they come from?
- We hand craft our jewelry out of solid sterling silver, copper, and 14k yellow and rose gold-filled metals that are sourced right here in the USofA. Our cuff bracelets are made from either extra heavy gauge copper sheet or fine pewter that is melted and hand poured, one piece at a time.
What is 14k gold filled?
- You'd think it would be filled with gold, but it's not. It's actually the opposite ... it is multiple layers of solid 14k gold, pressure bonded to the outside of high quality jeweler's brass. To legally carry the name 'gold filled', it must be at minimum 5% solid gold. That may not seem like a lot, but it is often more than 100 times the amount of gold found in gold plated jewelry! It won't flake or peel, and is tarnish resistant ... it really wears like solid gold!
Why is my jewelry tarnishing?
- Sterling silver is a precious metal, but when it is exposed to common compounds in the atmosphere, it can tarnish. Some body chemistries can cause more tarnishing than others. It doesn't mean the jewelry isn't great quality; the silver is just doing what silver sometimes does.
How should I care for and store my jewelry?
- We suggest removing jewelry to exercise, shower, swim and sleep, and to take care when applying lotions, perfumes, or hairspray. This will keep the oxidizing and tangling down and the quality up. Especially for your sterling and copper pieces. You may wash your jewelry with a gentle dish soap and completely dry it with a soft cloth. To remove tarnish/oxidation, you can find our favorite jewelry dip here.
Although we can't necessarily recommend it, we will say that some members of our team wear the same gold filled pieces every day, rarely remove them, and they do beautifully.
When you aren't wearing your jewelry, keep it in an airtight zip bag.