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Materials 

In accordance with our desire for ADORN to be attire for your everyday, we ensure that our pieces are made from only the highest quality materials. However, in order to ensure that your jewelry endures the test of time, it’s important that you understand its composition and create a care regimen relevant to each material. Read here more about the composition of your ADORN pieces.

Sterling silver

All of our silver jewelry is made with 925 silver (an alloy made up of 92.5% silver and 7.5% other metals, usually copper) – the highest standard within the industry. It is locally sourced in Indonesia and is checked for quality both before and after being fired and shaped into the pieces you wear and love. Though not very reactive, silver is prone to tarnishing. Keep your pieces clean and shiny by polishing them with a soft line-free cloth. Do not used paper towels or harsher materials as these can leave visible scratches on the metal surface.

Gold 

For the pure yellow gold items within the collection, we use locally sourced 14CT yellow gold, a mixture composed of 58% yellow gold and 42% alloyed metals. This alloy consists of silver and copper. Because of the higher percentage of alloyed metals, 14CT yellow gold offers a higher level of durability and more resistance to wear and tear, making it perfect for everyday use. Like silver, gold is not very reactive; however, the more you wear a piece the more likely it is to tarnish or corrode. Take care of your gold pieces by removing them before showering or cleaning, and ensuring they are safely stored when not being worn – gold is a soft metal and can easily be scratched by contact with other hard metals. To restore the shine, buff your gold jewelry with a soft non-abrasive cloth, whilst for a proper clean feel free to soak your pieces in a solution of non-chemical soap and warm water.

Gold- vermeil

Next to the pure gold collection, we also offer a selection of gold-vermeil pieces. Gold-vermeil is genuine 925 sterling silver that has been coated in a layer of pure 14CT yellow gold, making it the perfect balance between quality and value. Unlike gold-plating, which can be use a host of different metals as a base, gold-vermeil only uses premium materials (gold and silver) and is therefore perfect for those worried about metal allergies. Care for your gold-vermeil pieces as you would for pure gold jewelry.

With carat jewelry the gold is solid throughout the whole piece, and will therefore keep it’s color. With gold-vermeil, there is only a thin outer layer of gold applied to the surface. So thin that it’s measured in microns, to give you an idea one micron equals one millionth of a meter.

It needs to be said: our own PH level in the body can be quite harsh on gold-vermeil. Depending on your constitution your acidic levels may vary and so, it’s not uncommon for toxins perspired through the pores of the skin to cause gold-vermeil jewelry to tarnish and, or discolor. Therefore think about your own constitution and decide if gold-vermeil jewelry would be an enduring option for you.  

Bronze

The bronze pieces are made of an alloy which we create ourselves, consisting of  30% bronze which is a combination of copper and tin. Together with 60% sterling silver and 5% 14CT yellow gold, it's durable and easy to care for. With proper attention, these pieces will last for years to come. However, due to the copper content in these pieces, there is a greater chance of oxidation when in contact with the natural oils within our skin, leaving a light greenish color of copper carbonate on the skin (it’s not harmful, don’t worry!). Expect this in warm weather, particularly when wearing a tight ring that doesn’t allow for air circulation between the skin and metal. Due to the higher reactivity of metals such as copper, bronze jewelry is more likely to tarnish over time. Keep your bronze pieces looking shiny and clean by regularly polishing with a non-abrasive cloth.

Look after your jewelry

Many elements can influence the perseverance of your jewelry. Therefore we recommend that you carefully look after your pieces and make sure that they are properly cleaned, polished and stored. Please read through these following steps

Always protect your jewelry from knocks, scratches, extreme temperatures and especially chemicals to minimise damage. It’s always best for your jewelry to remove them when you shower and bathe. But particularly in the sea and in chlorinated water. Try to keep clear from spraying perfume or applying creams where it might come in direct contact with your jewelry.

Please be aware that with gold-vermeil, or plated jewelry this is even more damaging, we will explain why a little more down. Hopefully it makes sense that these thin layers are more sensitive to damages. For this reason we ask ask you to take special care with your gold-vermeil, or plated jewelry and really carefully read through the given protection advice.

Your jewelry is best to be placed individually in pouches, as provided by ADORN or within a soft cloth to stop them from being scratched or tangled up.

Cleaning 

Each solid sterling silver, bronze, gold-vermeil or 14CT yellow gold jewelry will naturally tarnish over time. They will develop marks from our own skin residue and the exposure to the elements of life. Best is using a polishing cloth, available at most jewelers or drugstores. This is an effective way to keep these precious materials looking bright and lavish.

Do not use tissue paper or paper towels to clean metal as they can cause scratching or leave lints. Do not use a polishing cloth or cream on gold plated jewelry, as it can remove the plating.

Gold-vermeil, plated and bronze jewelry should be cleaned through periodically. Wash your jewelry with warm water. Be gentle and don’t rub too hard as it’s so easily damaged because of the very thin layer.

A little extra attention for the natural gemstones we work with. As they are rather delicate, even hot water but especially harsh chemicals and cleaners should be avoided at all times. We advise cleaning your stones with a clean, soft, preferably damp cloth when cleaning your jewelry. As stated earlier please also do not use tissue paper or paper towels to clean gemstones as they can cause scratching. 

If you follow these guidelines your jewelry should stand the test of time. If you have any questions or doubts please contact us info@adorn.nl.