JEWERLY CARE TIPS
Every piece of SpicedHoney jewelry is made with love and care, before being sent out in the world to customers like you.
With proper care and maintenance, your jewelry can last you a lifetime. To keep your pretty things looking their best, follow these general guidelines:
Protect your pieces from sharp blows, scratches, chemicals and abrasives.
The jewelry we make is delicate and not meant to be worn during activities such as sports, swimming, gardening or cleaning.
When not in use, it is best to store your jewelry pieces in airtight zip bags or soft anti-tarnish pouches.
Sterling silver is an alloy of silver containing 92.5% by weight of silver and 7.5% by weight of other metals, usually copper. That is why you might commonly hear it called 925 silver.
Sterling silver is a great metal for jewelry. It is long wearing and easy to clean. While contact with the air will cause the surface of your silver to darken (called tarnish), it is easily cleaned up with a soft polishing cloth.
The best way to prevent tarnish on your sterling pieces is actually to wear them. The friction against your skin will rub off tarnish as it forms. You can wear your sterling in the shower or to bed, but still remove it during activities where it will have contact with chemicals such as swimming or cleaning.
If your sterling jewelry is dirty rather than tarnished, soak it in a bowl of warm water with a few drops of mild dish soap. After about 15 minutes, gently brush off the loosened dirt with a soft bristled toothbrush. Make sure to dry the piece completely before storing.
Oxidation is the blackening of silver by dipping it in a chemical solution of Liver of Sulfur. It is a semi-permanent treatment that lightens over time with wear. A coating of food-grade wax has been applied to the surface to prolong the colour but precautions should still be taken.
To protect the surface colour, avoid contact with lotions, perfumes etc. Remove rings when washing hands and do not wear your jewelry in the shower or to sleep.
If you have purchased an oxidized piece from Andrea Shelley, please contact us for information about re-oxidization.
GOLD PLATED SILVER
Plating is the application of a thin layer of metal (in this case, gold) to the surface of a jewellery piece. As with oxidization, the plating will wear away over time. To protect the plated layer, avoid contact with lotions, perfumes etc. Remove rings when washing hands and don’t wear your jewelry in the shower or to bed. Do not use abrasive cleaners or polishing cloths on plated pieces. Plated jewelry is not recommended for daily wear.