My jewelry is made from various high quality materials from all over the world. Some of my favorite materials include 925 sterling silver, 22K gold-filled, shell, pearls, glass, leather, natural stone, stainless steel and brass. Each product has clearly stated what material it is made of.
Almost all earhooks and rings are made of 925 sterling silver or are 22K gold-filled. Gold-filled is 925 sterling silver with 12/22 Crt gold.
Gold-filled contains significantly more gold alloy than plated metals. Because that layer is so much thicker, pressure and heat bond the layers together. Since the material must maintain distinct layers, it cannot be cast.
It means that gold-filled jewelry is more durable and stands up to wear and tear better than gold plated. As long as the piece is well cared for, gold-filled jewelry can last a lifetime
925 Sterling Silver
All silvers are 92,5% pure Silver, plus (mostly) copper to make the material stronger and durable. Sterling silver will last a lifetime and only requires surface cleaning with a cloth.
For the Vintage line, I opted for the use of brass. Brass is an alloy of copper and zinc (nickle and lead free). Brass gets darker over time, which nicely reinforces the Vintage look. In case you want to keep the glow you can easily brush brass with a dry soft cloth applied with a brass polish like Brasso.
Tips for sustaining the elements
The longevity of either type of quality material dependents on wear, care and the extent to which it is exposed to different environments.
To enjoy your jewelry as long as possible, here are some tips:
- Please take of your jewelry during showers or in other damp areas such as swimming pool, sauna or in the sea
- Chemicals such as perfume, insect repellent, body lotion can damage your jewelry, even as exposing it to bright sunlight
- I do recommend not to wear jewelry while washing, sleeping or exercising
Whatever the material, you can best maintain jewelry by polishing it with a soft cloth.