Materials & Care Instructions
925 Sterling Silver
Sterling silver is an alloy made from 92.5 percent silver and 7.5 percent alloy, such as copper. The reason sterling silver requires the mixture of other metals is because naturally, pure silver is a soft metal. Adding other metals to the silver increases the hardness, making it more suitable and durable for use in jewelry such as rings and chains.
Pure or fine silver has a higher silver content of 99.9 percent silver. Because of this, it is much softer than sterling silver, and often too soft for certain jewelry pieces. Certain handmade beads that we use are made of pure silver.
Tips to avoid tarnishing:
Be sure to keep your polished silver jewelry dry and stored in a sealed pouch. Chemicals and contaminants in the air, water and in our bodies, may cause your silver to tarnish and turn dull-looking.
Shower: Although showering with your silver jewelry won't do any long lasting damage, its best to remove all jewelry before showering. If you forget, don't worry — dry your silver jewelry afterwards, and know that you can always polish your silver to revive its lustrous shine.
Swimming Pool/ Hot Tub: Take your silver off. Chlorine is a pretty harsh chemical, so if you accidentally forget to remove your silver jewelry before hopping in, make sure to rinse and clean it afterward. There's even more chlorine in the hot tub and the heat can accelerate the chemical reaction.
Exercise/Sauna: Remove your jewelry when you are working out or when in a sauna. The chemicals in our sweat may also tarnish your silver jewelry and and the heat can accelerate the chemical reaction.
Tip: Chemicals in lotions and perfumes can also cause your jewelry to tarnish. Apply them first, let them dry, and then put your jewelry on.
These are all preventative measures for keeping your jewelry lustrous. Despite our best efforts, we may forget to remove our jewelry before showering, from time to time — fortunately, because silver a precious metal, it cleans and polishes fairly easily.
Tips for polishing:
Sterling silver care can be as easy as a fast rubdown. To do this, use a special jewelry polishing cloth, or a simple microfiber cloth to clean your goods. Be sure to avoid polishing any part of the jewelry that is intentionally oxidized.
Tips for deeper cleaning:
Water and Baking Soda Method
You will need 2 parts water to 1 part baking soda (use a bit more water if the jewelry has delicate features). Stir into a paste. Use an old toothbrush or cleaning wand to apply this DIY cleaner in gentle motions and movements.
Dish Liquid and Water Method
No fancy cleaning methods needed for this option. Simply rinse the jewelry off in the same way you would clean your own hands.
Read tips on storing your jewelry below.
Oxidized 925 Sterling Silver
Oxidized sterling silver is intentionally blackened through a chemical process; it is a sped up version of the natural tarnishing process, thus never needs deep cleaning — and certainly no polishing! In fact, it is much lower maintenance than polished silver.
Tip on preserving the oxidation:
It’s best to remove your oxidized silver jewelry when showering or washing your hands to prolong the dark colour and avoid rubbing the metal.
It is best to remove your oxidized silver earrings before sleeping, the constant rubbing against the pillowcase may result in polishing the silver.
Tips on cleaning your oxidized silver jewelry:
If cleaning is necessary, be sure never to use silver polish as this will strip the oxidation entirely. Swirl into a bowl of warm water and mild dish soap, then tap dry with a clean towel, avoid rubbing the jewelry aggressively.
An oxidized silver finish is superficial but ages beautifully; only the top layer of metal is blackened. Over time, with age and wear, the silver will slightly polish on the surface areas and the crevices and creases will keep their oxidation, giving a beautiful antique look.
The look of your blackened silver piece will gradually change over time so it’s best to brace yourself for that evolution.
14k/18k Gold Filled
Gold filled is second only to solid gold in terms of quality. So when it comes to durability, it stands to reason that it's your best affordable option for gold jewelry.
What is Gold Filled?
Gold-filled is an industry standard that legally requires 1/20th, or 5% pure gold by weight. It’s a strictly regulated process that involves pressure bonding multiple layers of solid 14k or 18k gold with extreme heat over a core of high quality jeweler’s brass resulting in a durable, quality real gold product.
As for its name, all the gold is on the outside — it really has nothing to do with being filled with gold. The only thing you need to know is that the term refers to a thick outer layer of durable, pressure-bonded, real, solid gold...on the outside of a brass core. No filling. The 14k or 18k gold that’s on the outside of gold-filled is the same gold as you would get from a solid 14k or 18k piece.
Gold Filled vs Plated Gold
The 5% gold in gold-filled jewelry may not sound like a lot, but it’s all on the outside and it's plenty to keep your jewelry looking great for many years. There’s a lot more gold in gold-filled vs gold vermeil or gold plated jewelry, sometimes up to 100 times more. The standards for 14k or 18k gold-fill are strictly regulated, which is not entirely the case with gold plated jewelry, where thickness in layers of gold varies. With gold-filled jewelry, the process involves mechanically bonding the gold to the core through extreme pressure and heat. It results in a resilient exterior that’s not prone to flaking or cracking, which is often the case with certain types of gold plating.
Is gold-filled jewelry okay for people with sensitive skin?
Yes. Because the outside of the piece is solid 14k or 18k gold, it interacts with your skin in the same way solid gold would. If you do not have any sensitivities to solid gold, you will find gold-filled agrees well with your skin. Also, there is no nickel in our metals.
Does gold-filled jewelry tarnish?
Gold filled does not tarnish easily. With proper care, 14k or 18k gold-filled can last beautifully for many years. But, like silver, it can still be sensitive to chemicals which may cause the gold to darken more quickly than it should.
Please read the care instructions for sterling silver on what to avoid to keep your jewelry from tarnishing, and apply these tips to your 14k or 18k Gold Filled Jewelry.
Tips for polishing:
Unlike plated gold, your 14k or 18k gold filled jewelry can be cleaned and polished like solid gold. A special jewelry polishing cloth for gold or silver is most effective, but a soft microfibre or cotton cloth will do.
Tips for deep cleaning:
Soak into a bowl of warm water and mild detergent-free soap for about a minute. Give it a scrub with an ultrasoft-bristled brush, making sure to really get into the crevices where the dirt likes to build up (for chains, especially). Rinse it in lukewarm water a few times to make sure all the soap is off. Dry it well afterward, and especially make sure it's nice and dry before storing it.
Read tips on storing your jewelry below.
10k/14k Solid Gold
This precious metal is a great choice if you're looking for a lifetime piece you can wear everyday and everywhere - yes, even in the shower! Solid gold is the least reactive metal and won’t oxidize or discolor. 10k and 14k gold is stronger and more scratch resistant than 18k or 24k, making it perfect for everyday wear.
Tips to clean and polish your 14k gold jewelry:
Scrub lightly with a soft-bristled brush, warm water and mild detergent-free soap. Dry your piece with a clean cloth. To polish, buff gently with a soft cloth or jewelry cloth, and store your pieces in a safe, dry place when not worn.
18k / 24k Gold Vermeil
Not to be confused with regular gold plating, our vermeil is a thick layer of either 18k or 24k solid gold on sterling silver.
All semi-precious or precious gemstones should be handled with care. When putting on your gemstone pieces, never put pressure on the stones themselves.
Keep your gems dry and chemical free to keep their lustre:
Remove them when showering, in pools, hot tubs or saunas; and before doing strenuous activity (the gym isn't the place for your tourmaline beaded bracelet!), or messy tasks like gardening or washing the dishes. When getting ready, put them on last, after applying lotion or perfume.
Gemstone beaded jewelry:
Our gemstone beaded bracelets are beaded along high-performance string which consists of high-tech fibers with an especially dense molecular structure. Its tensile strength is scarcely believable: even the thread with the smallest diameter cannot be torn apart by hand. The cord is as smooth as silk, pliable and exceptionally durable.
Nevertheless, for longer lasting durability of these fibres, it is best to keep the string dry. It is important that you remove your beaded jewelry when exposed to water.
Tips on polishing and cleaning your gems:
Polishing gems with a soft, clean cloth can restore luster and shine. Just remember that gentleness is key.
Tips on storing your gemstone jewelry:
To ensure your jewelry remains scratch and impact free it should be stored just as you bought it, in a pouch or box for safe keeping. The worst thing you can do for your semi-precious stones is to toss them into a drawer or into a dish on your dresser. Also, keep out of direct sunlight, this can discolour certain gems.
+ Other elements such as sandalwood beads should also be kept dry in order to keep cord fibres stronger and longer lasting.
Note: All diamonds are conflict free and ethically sourced. Our gemstones and beading suppliers support developing communities; their direct access for supplies means better quality, fair prices, and ethical trading.
Storing your jewelry
Be sure to keep your jewelry stored in a dry place, out of direct sunlight, and away from exposure to the air (especially to prevent polished silver or 14k gold filled pieces from tarnishing). Store pieces individually in your inherstudy pouch for safe keeping (or a small sealed ziplock): storing your pieces separately also prevents any chance of jewelry scratching or tangling with each other.
It is not recommended to sleep with your jewelry in order avoid it from getting caught, pulled, damaged or lost.