What jewelry material do we use?

I often get the questions like: from what material is it made of? Does it discolor or not? How I take care of my jewelry and so on. There are so many terms in jewelry land. 

below I write an explanation about the materials that are most common in the jewelry of Meraki Mirakel

*Sometimes I can’t recognize the material, because some of my jewelry’s have already had a history. They have no stamp or anything else I can identify the material by. In that case I classify them as base metal. *

We are going to go through the following five types of material:

  • Sterling silver
  • Gold plated/ gold vermeil 
  • Brass 
  • gemstones, natural stones and pearls
  • Stainless steel

Sterling silver 

925, or sterling silver, is a grade that indicates how pure the silver is. With silver you have four different grades (I discuss the first two). These gradations all have a different number. First of all, you have 999, which is pure silver. Pure silver is too soft to handle. Then you have the well-known 925, sterling silver, this is the first grade and the purest form of silver that can be used for jewelry. This is done by adding an alloy (often copper) to the pure silver, creating a mix. With sterling silver, the proportions are always 92.5% silver and 7.5% copper (or another metal). Silver can oxidize (dark deposit).

How do you keep 925 silver beautiful?  

Polish your jewelry now and then with special silver cloths. 

 

Gold plated/Gold vermeil

A gold-plated piece of jewelry is a piece of jewelry made of metal or sterling silver with a layer of another metal on top, in this case liquid gold. Because the layer of gold plating is very thin, gold-plated jewelry is much more affordable than jewelry that is made of real gold. 

How long your gold-plated jewelry will remain beautiful depends on various factors. For example, the thickness of the gold plating or external influences, such as rain and even oxygen. It is important that you take good care of your jewelry and handle it with care. 

Below we share a few tips, so that you keep your jewelry beautiful: 

  • Take off your gold-plated jewelry while showering, swimming, or washing hands. It is very sensitive to water and chlorine
  • Avoid perfume, hairspray, and body lotions
  • Avoid chemical products, such as cleaning or dishwashing liquid,
  • Take off your gold-plated jewelry while exercising, sweat will have a bad influence on the jewelry
  • Take your jewelry off while you’re sleeping.
  • Make sure you store your jewelry neatly and keep it in a closed, dark place, for example in a box or bag.

 

Brass

Brass (messing) is a semi-precious metal. The material is a mix of copper and zinc. It is very suitable for jewelry because it is very sturdy. Brass has a gold-colored look and is nickel-free. The material can go oxidize.

Often there is a gold or silver layer over this material.

Brass is an excellent material, it helps your gold-plated jewelry to stay beautiful longer, because the colors are fairly similar. 

Oxidation is a natural reaction that occurs when the metal comes into contact with moisture and air. Due to the oxidation process, the material will darken and acquire a natural patina. With brass, the shiny gold color will become less bright, slightly darker and more matte. This is a natural process. You can (if you like it) just leave it as is.

Maintenance:

Jewelry with a silver layer, it is wise to take them off when they come into contact with water, perfume and soap.

In addition to storing your jewel in a closed, dry place, you can lightly polish it. You can do this by polishing it regularly with a silver polishing cloth. This will remove the darker discoloration.

*When wearing semi-precious metal (brass) jewelry, some people will notice a dark or green discoloration on the skin. This occurs when your jewel reacts to the acidity of your skin. This is not a harmful or allergic reaction and can be washed away without any problems by cleaning your skin with soap and water. This discoloration certainly does not occur to everyone.*


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    They are extremely easy to keep beautiful. Normally, you don’t have to do anything to them. It can get greasy after wearing long time on your skin. Some oil of your skin can come on them, which makes them not look so nice anymore.

    How to clean them?

    You wipe them with a damp cloth, and they are as good as new.

     

    Stainless steel

    This is a material that does not discolor and remains beautiful for a long time because a protective layer has been applied to it.

    This material is allergy free, which means that almost anyone can wear this jewelry without any problems, even people with a nickel allergy. The material is super strong and last a long time

    stainless steel is silver colored. If you wear jewelry with a silver-colored RSV, it will not discolor. If it is gold, a gold layer has been sprayed on it. The condition remains beautiful for a long time because the stainless steel holds the gold firmly. But pay attention with a few things, to keep it beautiful for as long as possible. See the tips at gold-plated.

    Although stainless steel jewelry remains beautiful for a long time, it is nice to freshen it up now and then.

    How to freshen it up?

    Make some soapy water with lukewarm water and mild soap (check that there is no chlorine in it!). Dip a soft cloth in the soapy water and carefully clean your jewelry. Pat your jewelry dry with a soft cloth. If you want to remove some dirt from edges and corners, use a new soft toothbrush.

    *The only thing stainless steel can’t stand is chloride. Never swim with stainless steel. *


    Wear with love, treat with care!

    With every material, the PH value (acidity) of the skin influences the discoloration and quality of the jewelry. The PH value is different for everyone, and that is why the same piece of jewelry can discolor faster on you or on somebody else.

    For any material, the more carefully you handle it, the longer it will remain beautiful! Avoid contact with water as much as possible, especially chlorinated water and the sea.