925 STERLING SILVER
It is very important to take the same care of your jewellery as you would your favorite piece of clothing.
Here are some important tips to help you keep your jewellery looking its best so that you can enjoy wearing it for years.
- Always store your jewellery pieces individually, so that they don’t rub together, scratch or tangle.
- Try to avoid extreme humidity or heat as this may cause tarnishing. Your 925 sterling silver jewellery should be kept in a dark, cool, dry place. With time and wear, 925 sterling silver will naturally become oxidised and eventually tarnish. Storing Silver jewellery in a sealed plastic bag or airtight box when it is not being worn will keep out the air that causes oxidation.
- Keep gold-plated jewelry away from hard surfaces. Bumps and scratches will cause the gold layer to wear away faster. Store your gold-plated jewelry in a velvet lined jewelry box, or wrap it in a soft material that will prevent scratches. Lightly wipe your gold-plated jewelry with a damp cotton cloth. This will help to eliminate any dirt or dust from accumulating on the surface and wearing away the gold layer. Use a non-abrasive jewelry polishing cloth and gently rub the gold-plated jewelry to restore shine.
- Clean your jewellery carefully with a soft 100% cotton, non-abrasive and lint-free cloth and gently rub off any excess makeup. Remember, silver is a very soft metal and you can scratch it if you aren’t careful so don’t rub it too briskly. This helps maintain or bring back gold or silver jewellery’s shine. If necessary, you can use a mild washing up liquid with warm water and a soft toothbrush, then rinse with clean water and pat dry with a soft cloth.
- Your jewellery is particularly susceptible to damage from the effects of chemicals present in perfume, hairspray, make-up, nail polish remover, body oils, sun tan lotion and deodorant.
- Do not swim or shower while wearing gold-plated or silver jewellery. Gold and silver are particularly susceptible to damage from chlorine and salt water, which can permanently damage or discolour them.
- Always remember that your jewellery should be the last thing you put on and the first thing you take off when dressing.
GOLD PLATED JEWELLERY
- Gold plated jewelry is the process by which a base metal is dipped into a bath of electroplating solution along with a lump of solid gold creating a layer over the base metal. This is typically done using sterling silver as the base. After it is dipped in the bath of electroplating, an electric current is then applied and a thin layer of gold is deposited onto the metal which bonds them together.
- The major difference between gold plated jewelry and gold vermeil jewelry is that the former tends to refer to a process that uses a thinner layer of gold. Industry standards for gold vermeil is a minimum of two microns thickness of gold; gold plated jewelry is identified by anything less than this. Due to the lower micron thickness of gold, gold plated jewelry tends to be slightly less expensive than gold vermeil, and have a somewhat shorter lifespan.
GOLD VERMEIL JEWELLERY
- Gold vermeil jewelry is the highest standard when it comes to gold plated jewelry. It is in the same family as gold plated jewelry because it uses a similar process in which the base metal is dipped into a bath of electroplating solution. The difference is that it is dipped for a longer period of time, creating a thicker layer of gold plating. The base metal, which is typically sterling silver, needs to have at least two microns of gold plating thickness in order to classify as gold vermeil.
- Jewelry that is listed as being plated with gold vermeil should hold its plating for years if the wearer takes proper care of that piece.
- Onyx, spinel, moonstone, quartz, aventurine & carnelian, are some of the gemstones used for our Rosario necklaces. Each gemstone is unique with a special colour, birthplace and story. Gemstones have played various roles in the myths and legends of human cultures throughout history. Some tell a story or are believed to have special powers, but all of them share a common beauty.
- Therefore, it is extremely important to take care of your gemstones. For many pieces, mild detergent, warm water, and a soft brush are a good start. However, before you decide to clean your collection yourself, add a little gemology to the mix. You can find series of articles on gemstone care online, which will help you make the best choice and show you how to clean your gemstone jewellery safely.
- Zircon comes closer to resembling a diamond more than any other natural gem. Its strong luster and intense fire gives it a real sparkle that is comparable to diamond. Zircons are a completely distinct, natural species. When properly cut, colorless stones can make beautiful and convincing diamond substitutes and even outshine mediocre diamonds. Its high dispersion is close to that of diamond. But unlike diamond, zircon is brittle, and its facet edges tend to chip and wear.
- Jewellery with zircons must be worn carefully to prevent damage. Warm, soapy water is recommended for cleaning jewellery with zircon stones.
- Sterling silver is 92.5% pure silver alloyed with copper. In some cases of sterling silver, a small percentage of other metals may be in the mix so traces of nickel may be present.
- If you are allergic to gold plated earrings, or get a rash or itchy reaction when wearing them, try putting a little bit of clear nail varnish on the post. When it eventually wears off just re-apply it.
ALL OF OUR JEWELLERY ARE MADE BY VAGGELIS MARKAKIS.