Our sustainable jewellery is lovingly handmade using precious materials and ethically sourced gemstones to ensure that you can enjoy their colour and shine for as long as possible. Of course, these pieces may tarnish over time but don’t worry! With these tips and tricks on how to store and care for your eco jewellery you will be able to preserve their inherent beauty to keep them looking brand new.
We recommend storing your eco jewellery pieces in individual air-tight bags with anti-tarnish properties. Avoid sulfur such as paper, cardboard and cotton filled boxes as these may cause tarnish. Silica gel packets will provide extra protection too. Try to keep them in a cool, dry place as oxidation can cause dullness and discolouration. Avoid moist, warm areas such as the bathroom and direct sunlight for storage.
Make sure to keep all your jewellery pieces separate and keep chains fastened as they may scratch and tangle with each other. You should avoid mixing with perfumes, creams, body lotions and hairspray. You should also remove before undergoing any physical activity especially anything involving water such as swimming, showering, bathing or any form of rigorous exercise. As the saying goes, jewellery should be the last thing you put on and the first thing you take off.
It is much easier to preserve jewellery pieces than to treat damaged jewellery so we recommend regular cleaning to keep them free from tarnish and discolouration. To clean your jewellery, take gentle dish soap or non-chemical soap and some warm water. Don’t dip the pieces directly into the water but instead apply a non-abrasive microfibre cloth or jewellery cloth (avoid coarse fibres or fabrics such as paper towels, plastic or toilet paper) using up and down strokes and not too much force. Be sure to use different parts of the cloth and don’t use circular motions as this can make the tarnish worse. If there is a bigger build of tarnish you can use a mild detergent along with a damp cloth to rub into the surfaces of the metal. White vinegar (1/2 cup) and baking soda (2 table spoons) is good for cleaning areas particular affected by tarnish. Make sure it thoroughly drives first after exposure to water before returning to air-tight box or bag for storage.
925 Sterling Silver
925 Sterling silver is made from 92.5 percent silver that is mixed with 7.5 percent of copper. We use 925 sterling silver as the copper composition in the sterling silver makes the jewellery piece much more durable so that it does not tarnish as easily and you can enjoy them for a long time.
Regular cleaning will stop the sterling silver becoming dull or cloudy. Make sure to keep away from water as this will cause oxidation. Avoid using any harsh chemicals when cleaning and make sure to keep in air tight container away from warmth and moisture.
For our gold collections we opt for gold vermeil. Gold vermeil offers all the aesthetic brilliance and durability of pure gold you love without the hefty price bag. Gold vermeil (pronounced vehr-may) is a high-quality form of gold plating in which a thick layer of gold is coated upon sterling silver. Gold vermeil maintains its colour and is far more durable that other gold plated options and can last for years with the right care. We use 18k gold that is a minimum of 2.5 microns thick over 925 sterling silver.
Don’t dip directly into water when cleaning as this may cause fading. Dip a lint-free cloth into a bowl of warm water and soap and gently apply to your vermeil jewellery piece. Keep away from abrasive materials when cleaning and make sure to rinse well after any exposure to water.
There is a great deal of legend and lore surrounding gemstones, dating back thousands of years. From philosophers to mystics, gemstones have been attributed with some powerful natural energies and significant metaphysical properties. Whatever you believe, there is no doubt that gemstones hold some cosmic allure and the meanings behind these beautiful stones only serve to add to their inherent beauty. We use an array of colourful semi-precious stones, both exquisite natural gemstones and also cultured lab created quartz stones. You can read more about the stories behind some of our gemstones here
To keep your gemstones sparkling and attractive simply take a soft brush (avoid using toothbrushes) and scrub gently with dish soap and warm water. Avoid soaking with water as the gems are naturally absorbent and it may cause a dulling effect. Once finished, rinse and pat dry with a soft cloth. Keep them away from harsh chemicals common in cosmetic products such as perfumes and body lotions and store in a cloth-lined pouch. When removing your gemstone jewellery, avoid pulling them off by the gemstone which may stretch the metal and making the setting less secure over time.