Delighted with your new jewelry!
We hope you love your jewelry and wear it often! Treat it with love and care, and they'll keep sparkling for you for a long time. Our costume jewelry is crafted with plated metals creating a similar look and style as fine jewelry, but without the high cost of solid gold and diamonds. A stunning look made affordable and guilt-free. ;)
The rule of thumb
The best advice we can offer is to ensure the jewelry is the last thing you put on in the morning and the first thing you remove in the evening. Remove it when showering, swimming or when applying perfumes and lotions. For stones, be careful with light and heat. Avoid leaving them out in the sunlight as the color of the stone may change.
What causes silver to tarnish?
Pure silver, like pure gold, does not tarnish. But pure silver is also incredibly soft so it cannot be used for jewelry making. To make it stronger an alloy metal is created by combining pure silver and a small amount of copper and zinc. This alloy with 92.5% silver and 7.5% other metals (typically copper) is called sterling silver.
The addition of copper makes it stronger, but it is also the metal that tarnishes when exposed to sulfur which naturally exists in the air around us. Many day-to-day items such as soaps, perfumes, and foods (eg. onions and eggs) also contain sulfur compounds. Other elements that will react with silver are chlorine, tissue paper (as this often contains acids) and the PH levels of our skin. Some people have silver pieces turn black overnight whereas others can wear it for years without a reaction. And some pieces may tarnish quicker or different than others.
This reaction dulls or discolors silver, but fortunately the corrosion doesn't do any harm and can be cleaned by polishing.
Extend longevity with our jewelry storage box
You can extend the longevity of your jewelry with proper care. Keep your pieces dry, and keep them from tarnishing over time by storing them in this little box. We've found that it simply does the trick best, even for our sterling silver pieces.
How quickly costume jewelry tarnishes depends on a number of factors: the way you care for them, your skin composition, how often you wear it, and the air around you. Air causes metal to oxidize, and this storage container keeps the air out as much as possible.
For ultimate protection store your pendants and small chains in the included small ziploc bags. Make sure to get rid of as much air as possible before sealing it. Place the ziploc bags in the storage box together with the included anti-tarnish strip. This simple storage container is a true care-taker and is also perfect for travelling.
TIP: Silica gel packets or a piece of chalk also give added protection.
Cleaning your jewelry
For plated jewelry, wipe gently with a soft, clean cloth. Do not polish the item too hard or it will wear away the plating. Don't expose it to silver polishing liquids or ultrasonic cleaning either. The plated finish will wear away over time. This is a natural "wear and tear" matter rather than a defect.
If your plated jewelry is particularly dirty, the safest way to clean it is to pour a small amount of mild liquid soap in lukewarm water and use a small, soft brush (ideally a toothbrush) to clean. To increase the longevity of plated pieces wipe them off gently after use each time.
For our sterling silver jewelry, polish it regularly with a (silver) polishing cloth. If you let it go too long without polishing and your sterling silver piece has turned black, dull browny-red or a copper color you can use baking soda and aluminum foil to remove it. Click here for a tutorial. Silver polishing liquid and silver dips are not recommended as they may destroy the jewelry or any oxidized details on the jewelry if not rinsed correctly. With proper care sterling silver jewelry can last you a lifetime.
How to keep delicate chains from tangling
If you have problems with chain necklaces getting tangled, use a straw. Simply thread one end of the chain through the straw, close up the necklace, then store your jewelry items as normal.