Our sterling silver jewelry has a satin and shiny finish. Silver wears wonderfully over time, it polishes in areas of friction with the skin while the scratches and marks accumulated over time often add character and feel to the piece. Silver also tarnishes naturally over time due to exposure to the elements (air, chlorinated or sulphurous water); this often appears as a darkening on the surface. On a daily basis, good maintenance and storage habits in addition to recurring cleaning of our jewelry are the best ways to slow this process. Using a silver polishing cloth or a specific silver polishing liquid is also a great way to remove more stubborn oxidation. Of course, we are always available to give your piece a professional cleaning and / or professional refurbishment: we offer a cleaning, re-plating and repair service for all our jewelry. Please contact us here for more information.
Oxidized Sterling Silver
Oxidized silver gets its beautiful dark gray / black surface finish by dipping sterling silver coins in a specialized liquid (sulfur oxide) which chemically alters its surface. A quality wax is then applied to the surface to seal it and to add depth to the oxidation. This type of surface finish is delicate and will change over time. When worn frequently, the sides and ridges of a part will be the first to wear naturally, revealing the shiny silver hidden under oxidation. This often creates attractive highlights on the edges adding to the precious look of the room. For cleaning these jewelry. we recommend that you only use a very soft cloth with hot soapy water. Coarse fabrics will damage the surface and remove oxidation on it. Always store your oxidized jewelry with care to prevent it from scratching on contact with other objects. We offer a re-oxidation service for those who wish to restore their jewelry to its original dark finish.
14k yellow gold plating
Our 14k Gold Plating is a thin layer of gold applied to the surface over sterling silver through a process called electroplating. We recommend cleaning jewelry with this finish using a soft cloth with warm soapy water. Abrasives like ScotchBrite ™ and / or toothpaste are not recommended as they will scratch the yellow gold plating and reveal the silver hidden beneath the surface. A polishing cloth or gold-specific polishing liquid will restore the luster of the original part with little effort (again, never use an abrasive cleaner). If your jewelry has been damaged or if you see silver going through the gold, we recommend that you contact us to arrange re-plating of your coins. Re-plating is the best way to refresh your pieces and we recommend it annually for all pieces that are worn regularly.