With that in mind, here are some helpful tips to keep your jewelry looking its very best!
925 silver tarnishes quite quickly when it comes into contact with oxygen or sulfur. Happily, the best measure to prevent this is wearing your 925 silver jewelry often. The oils in your skin help prevent tarnish. (This varies depending on your own body chemistry.) When storing your silver jewelry, use an airtight ziploc bag and if you can, put in a piece of chalk or a silica gel (the little packets in new shoes) - these will help prevent tarnish while you are not wearing your silver. If your 925 silver is tarnished the best way to clean it is with a jewelry polishing cloth. Just remember that silver is very soft so use something like a very soft baby toothbrush to avoid scratching.
Stainless steel jewelry won't rust but it can tarnish over time. Steel jewelry does not tarnish as fast as silver jewelry but the rate of tarnishing depends on how its used. As with any jewelry it is best to avoid contact with chemicals (lotions, chlorine from pools etc.) in order to keep it cleaner longer. Steel jewelry is easy to clean, you can use mild dishwashing liquid (two or three drops in warm water will do) and wipe it down with a soft cloth. Steel jewelry is very durable and can withstand a lot of wear and tear, as opposed to silver which is a very soft metal.
BRASS & BRONZE
GOLD, ROSE GOLD & RHODIUM PLATING
Gold, rose gold and rhodium plated jewelry will eventually tarnish or discolor if left out in the open air. To prevent this from happening, keep plated jewelry away from hard surfaces. Bumps and scratches will cause the plated layer to wear away faster. Store your pieces in a cool, dry place, such as a jewelry box or case with the lid closed, it is an easy way for you to store, organised and find your jewelry, as well as prevent tarnishing or wrap it in a soft material that will prevent scratches. Lightly wipe your 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 plated layer.
Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD) is an environmentally friendly vacuum coating process that actually permeates and bonds with the base metal. This provides a brilliant finish and an extremely tough, durable, long lasting coating. It is also suitable for sensitive skin. The PVD coating allows our jewelry to be waterproof, tarnish resistant, sweat and regular wear resistant compared with standard gold plating. It is a fact that the PVD coating will stay longer, even when scratched, while a gold plated product when scratched will reveal the base material. Over time plated jewelry will naturally fade. Designed for every day/ shower/ workout/ swimming. Never tarnish, rust or corrode. It is highly durable and sturdy to be used daily even to the shower. Expect loss of shine with heavy exposure to harsh soap/ shampoo.
If you own one of our one of a kind Plenty fresh-water pearl, extra care must be take when cleaning your piece. You can rinse your pearl in its own in warm water but must take extra care not to clean the pearl with any chemicals, abrasive cloths or solutions. When cleaning necklace please avoid the pearl if you cleaning the chain and clean separately.
It is imperative to follow the care instructions for your Plenty Enamel. To keep your enamel looking new and vibrant please keep it away from lotions, shampoos and cleansers. Avoid swimming in salt and chlorinated water, and heavy perspiration during exercise. Never Clean Enamel in ultrasonic jewelry cleaners or with ammonia based cleaners. Wipe clean with a damp gentle cloth only. Please take care not to drop your enamel pieces as this can cause chips or crack in the enamel.
Our jewelry pieces have been lovingly crafted and many of the components are put together by hand. As a result, there can sometimes be slight differences in the colour, size and pattern of the materials or embellishments – all part of the charm of handmade products!
Most of the jewelry on this website is costume jewelry. Costume jewelry is made of materials that are less valuable than fine jewelry, and usually feature glass, beads, and synthetic stones rather than precious gems. Our metal pieces are usually brass, stainless steel, 925 sterling silver, PVD coating, 14K/ 18K gold, rose gold or rhodium plated.