Jewelry Care

In order to maintain your new armor, we recommend that you treat each piece with care and follow the below Wear & Care instructions:

   

GENERAL CARE INSTRUCTIONS

Keep all jewelry dry and armor up only after the use of cosmetics, soaps, perfumes and body lotions. Moisturizers, sunscreens and any water or oil-based products will increase the likelihood of tarnishing. Chlorine, salt water and perspiration can also severely discolor and damage your jewels. Avoid wearing any of your pieces whilst showering, at the beach, swimming in pools/spas or during exercise. Also avoid contact with household chemicals as these may also cause corrosion and tarnish your piece. 

Extend the life of your jewelry by taking it off at bedtime and limiting contact with rough surfaces and other metals to prevent scratching. After use, it is always best to store your new armor on its own and in its original cotton bag, away from direct sunlight and other jewelry (particularly those of a different metal).       

Please note that most of our pieces are made out of plated materials and will gradually tarnish over time and with extended wear. 

    

HANDMADE ARMOR

Most sterling silver pieces that we stock are handmade - these treasures are not mass manufactured! As such, there may be slight variations with each individual piece giving them their own character (much like you!). They are also inherently delicate therefore extra care should be taken in maintaining your new armor.

  

STERLING SILVER

Wear your sterling silver pieces often as the oils from your skin will help your sterling armor shine! 

Clean your sterling silver jewels with a soft non-abrasive, cotton or microfibre polishing cloth or a very soft bristle brush (like a baby's toothbrush or a horsehair silver brush). Silver is a very soft metal so do not rub it too briskly or you may scratch it. Do not use paper towels, tissues or other coarse fabrics to polish this delicate jewelry as they often contain wood fibres or synthetics which can cause tiny scratches to the surface. 

We also recommend that you don't use silver dips to remove oxidation from your fine sterling silver as these tend to leave microscopic pits, causing it to darken faster. Instead, focus on preventative care by storing your new armor in a closed box or plastic zip lock bag as sterling silver will tarnish when exposed to air or other chemicals.  

 

GOLD PLATED

Gold plated refers to a metal which has been coated with a thin layer of real gold providing a gold-colored (or rose gold-colored) finish. 

Lightly wipe your gold plated piece with a damp cotton cloth. This will help eliminate any dirt or dust from accumulating on the surface and wearing away the thin gold layer. Use a non-abrasive jewelry polishing cloth and rub gently to restore its shine.

Clean gold plated jewelry with a soft bristled toothbrush and toothpaste or baking soda. You can also take gold jewelry to a local jeweler where they can replace the gold outer layer. This may be necessary if the gold-plating has been damaged or started to wear off.

We recommend that you keep gold plated jewelry away from hard surfaces as bumps and scratches will cause the gold layer to wear away faster.  

 

GOLD FILLED

Gold filled is similar to gold plated, however the layer of gold is regulated and therefore usually significantly thicker. As it behaves like a solid gold piece, gold filled jewelry won't tarnish like sterling silver but it can be dirtied or dulled by the oils in your skin, body lotions, make up or other substances. 

To retain it's shine, clean gently in warm soapy water with a soft bristled toothbrush. Remove from soapy water, rinse and dry gently with a soft polishing cloth. If you have a build up of dirt in hard to reach places, put a little dishwashing liquid in a bowl of water and soak overnight. 

 

GOLD VERMEIL

Gold vermeil (also referred to as gilded silver) is an extension of gold filled except it refers exclusively to a base of sterling silver which has been gilded, coated or plated with gold. As gilding silver limits the oxidization of the underlying metals it greatly reduces the need for cleaning and polishing, and so reduces the risk of damage to your sterling jewelry.

As with other gold filled jewelry, you can retain it's shine by cleaning gently in warm soapy water with a soft bristled toothbrush. Rinse and dry with a soft polishing cloth immediately to avoid mineral residue from the water. 

      

STAINLESS STEEL

Stainless steel jewelry won't oxidize or rust but it can tarnish over time. Steel jewelry is very durable and can withstand a lot of wear and tear, as opposed to sterling silver which is a much softer metal. 

Stainless steel jewelry is easy to clean, you can use a mild dishwashing liquid in warm water and wipe your piece down with a soft polishing cloth. 

 

CONTACT 

If you have a question about our Jewelry Care instructions, please email us at info@herarmory.com.