Materials and Care
I've chosen quality components for making each piece, right down to the jump rings and clasps. Here's a little about gold-filled and sterling silver jewelry as well as how to care for it:
Gold-filled is a United States layered gold product that is gaining popularity throughout the Americas, Asia and Europe. It is a quality material that is common in all types of jewelry. The product is easy to care for and will usually maintain its golden shine for a lifetime. Gold-filled is constructed in two or three layers. The core metal is jewelers’ brass. A gold alloy is then bonded to one or both surfaces of the brass core with heat and pressure.
Caring for Gold Filled items is as easy as caring for any gold jewelry. Simply keep away from chemicals, clean regularly with mildly sudsy water, rinse well and pat dry with a non-scratching cloth. Polish gently with a jewelry polishing cloth. Gold-filled does not de-laminate or peel like plated products and many owners find that they never have to clean gold-filled items at all.
Sterling silver requires a little more maintenance. Tarnishing, also known as oxidation, is caused when oxygen or sulfer comes in contact with sterling silver. It gives it a darker color. Properly storing your jewelry will help minimize oxidation. Tips for storage include keeping pieces in separate airtight bags, in low humidity, unclasped, and adding a packet of silica or chalk to the storage bag.
Polishing Sterling Silver is typically the best way to clean your Sterling Silver jewelry. Be sure to use a non-abrasive cloth to avoid scratching and follow the grain of the silver.
I'm sure you know, but don't let your leather or copper wire pieces get wet!