Loving Care for Your Jewelry
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About 925 Sterling Silver, Bronze, & Brass
All Jewelry Evolution8 jewelry is made out of either solid 925 Sterling Silver, solid Bronze, or solid Brass. All of these metals will take on a natural patina with exposure to moisture and oxygen. This is a normal and natural process, and cannot be avoided entirely. Generally Sterling Silver will patina black, Bronze will patina black/green, and brass will patina black.
We do apply a clear hypo-allergenic coating to our Bronze and Brass jewelry, which delays tarnishing. This is applied with electric currents like plating, only clear. Because of this it will eventually wear through, especially on surfaces which are constantly rubbing against skin such as the insides of rings and bracelets.
What is Patina?
Patina, or oxidation, occurs when metals are exposed to oxygen. Certain things will affect the rate and extent of this process.
What causes oxidation?
Sweat, chemicals, strong scents, and especially sulfur will all expedite oxidation. Some people can wear silver chains and the silver will remain shiny, and others can wear silver chain only for a short time before the chain will turn black. This is due to the composition of the person's sweat, and is unpredictable.
Should I clean the patina?
Patina on certain jewelry styles will actually enhance the beauty and depth of the design. Allowing the natural patina to remain on your jewelry is a personal choice. If you prefer your jewelry to remain shiny, we encourage you to use Sunshine Polishing cloths and then rinse with clean water and dry thoroughly. There are many natural at-home cleaning methods. Check out our pinterest account for some suggested recipes.
Will my jewelry turns my skin black or green?
It might. This reaction happens due to the copper content in brass and bronze, and the alloy content in 925 sterling silver. 925 actually means 92.5 % pure silver, 7.5 % alloy. We mix silver beause pure silver is too soft to wear well. 925 is a standard industry mix. If your jewelry turns your finger or wrist black or green , you can prevent this by applying a thin layer of clear nail polish to the inside of your piece. All our bronze and brass jewelry has a clear coating pre-applied which will last a long time on earrings, but will wear off over time on surfaces that rub against other surfaces, such as on the insides of rings and bracelets.
Best practices to prolong the shine and beauty of your jewelry are to remove your jewelry before:
Swimming, showering, exercising, cleaning, cooking, or applying scented care products to your body
When you are not wearing your jewelry, store it in a clean, dry, air-tight container. A tupperware or re-sealable plastic bag will work best, as simple exposure to oxygen will patina metals.
How do I clean my jewelry?
If a layer of patina does build up on your jewelry, we recommend you use a treated polishing cloth to lightly buff the surface. We love Sunshine Polishing cloths available for purchase HERE. After buffing, rinse with clean water and dry thouroughly. Avoid harsh chemical dips as these can damage metals and gemstones. We have collected some at-home jewelry cleaning recipes on our Pinterest. Click HERE to check them out.