MATERIALS AND CARE

We only work with high-quality, enduring materials, such as argentium silver, sterling silver and solid gold.

We believe that jewellery, from the most precious to the most casual - is meant to be worn every day - not locked in a safe. Some scratches and dings can happen, perhaps even some tarnishing - and that’s okay! Many factors can influence the condition of jewellery. Jewellery is delicate so it's important to take care with it.

− ARGENTIUM AND STERLING SILVER

+ ARGENTIUM AND STERLING SILVER

Sterling Silver is a standard alloy for jewellery purposes and is safe to wear on your skin. For the longest time, Sterling Silver has been the best alternative for those wanting the highest grade of silver possible... until now.

Sterling Silver consists of 92.5% silver, 7.5% copper.

Argentium Sterling Silver consists of 93.5% silver, 6.5% copper, >1% germanium.

Our pieces are individually crafted using the most innovative 3D printing and casting techniques to give you some of the finest designs and the sleekest finishes on the market.

FINISH AND SHINE

One of the most notable characteristics of silver is its brightness. Silver has hues of white that will make it appear brighter than even white gold and platinum. This is one of the many reasons Sterling Silver jewellery has become so popular. Argentium Sterling Silver is rated as both brighter and whiter than even Sterling Silver. It is even rated as a "whiter" metal than rhodium, which is used to give white gold its white colour. ​

DURABILITY

As noted, one of the reasons pure silver isn't used in jewellery is because it is too soft and would damage quite easily. However, the purer the grade of silver, the more desirable it becomes. So how do we marry these two concepts?

Sterling Silver used 92.5% pure silver and as a result, jewellery made in Sterling Silver can come very close to being pure, while still being strong. But on the other side, Argentium Sterling Silver is 93.5% pure silver. Common logic would have us believe it is less durable because it has a higher purity. However, this is not the case. Argentium Sterling Silver's specific alloy is actually harder than traditional Sterling Silver, while still being purer. So  Argentium's hardness will be resistant to materials that might normally damage the softer traditional Sterling Silver.

IS IT HALLMARKED?

Yes, we have our own maker’s mark which is registered and held at the London Assay Office. This guarantees the purity/fineness of the metal. For more information hallmarks, read our Hallmarks guide.

CARE

One of the major concerns in regards to silver has always been tarnishing. As a precious metal, silver doesn't have the benefit of being tarnish-proof like gold and when silver jewellery is left unworn for long periods of time it can become an unsightly colour. Besides making a more durable and hard alloy of Sterling Silver that is both higher in purity and and strength, Argentium Sterling Silver has been touted for its tarnish resistance.

Sterling Silver tarnishes quite quickly when it comes into contact with oxygen or sulphur. Happily, the best measure to prevent this is wearing your silver jewellery often. The oils in your skin help prevent tarnish. (This varies depending on your own body chemistry.) To avoid tarnishing, periodically wash your silver jewellery with mild soap, not detergent, and water. Dry thoroughly before storing. You may also polish gently with a polishing cloth. We suggest the Sunshine Cloth. The cloth is treated with jewellery cleaning chemicals but it is non scratching and works great on silver. 

 

Some of your pieces may have patina or oxidation as a part of the design. Be extra careful when cleaning these pieces, as you may clean away this design aspect. For pieces with black accents in carved/recessed areas, a treated polishing cloth would be your best bet.

Avoid showering with your jewellery on. Water and beauty products can affect the finish of the piece. Put your jewellery on last, after applying lotions, perfume, make-up and other beauty products. To slow tarnish, store your silver jewellery in a cloth pouch or an air-tight plastic bag. When you aren’t wearing your piece, keep your piece in its velvet pouch separately from other pieces to avoid scratching and tarnishing from other jewellery.

− SOLID GOLD

+ SOLID GOLD

All Gold products go through extensive hand-polishing to give them a smooth, shiny finish. Gold can be maintained with most non-abrasive cleaners. 14k Gold has a subtle, warm colouring, while 18k Gold is brighter and more vibrant. 14k Rose Gold has a pinkish tint, and 14k White Gold looks like silver with a hint of gold.

14k Gold consists of 58% Gold, 31% Copper, 10% Silver, and 1% Zinc.
14k Rose Gold consists of 58% Gold, 40% Copper, 1% Silver, and 1% Zinc.
14k White Gold consists of 58% Gold, 24% Copper, 9% Zinc, and 9% Nickel.
18k Gold consists of 75% Gold, 10% Copper, and 15% Silver.

Our pieces are individually crafted using the most innovative 3D printing and casting techniques to give you some of the finest designs and the sleekest finishes on the market.

IS IT HALLMARKED?

Yes, we have our own maker’s mark which is registered and held at the London Assay Office. This guarantees the purity/fineness of the metal. For more information hallmarks, read our Hallmarks guide.

CARE

Unlike silver, gold cannot be altered by moisture, corrosion, cold or heat from the sun. Oddly though, gold can become tarnished by the seaside or sometimes by contact with silver jewellery. Here are some tips on keeping your special gold pieces brilliant. There is nothing better than good, old-fashioned soap and water to clean gold jewellery. Use a bit of dishwashing liquid and a soft cloth or take a soft bristle brush and bar soap with water and gently clean your piece. Rinse with water and polish it dry with a soft cloth.

If salt water or sea air has dulled your gold, use a soft bristle brush and dip it in a mixture of water and baking soda. Gently brush your piece, rinse, dry and polish with a soft cloth.

If you need a stronger cleaner, use a drop or two of ammonia in water. Use the mixture with a soft cloth or dip your piece in and let it soak for a minute or so. Rinse, dry and polish with a soft cloth. Handle carefully, as ammonia is a strong product.

Use a polishing cloth for extra shine and to remove any tarnish. We suggest the Sunshine Cloth. The cloth is treated with jewellery cleaning chemicals but it is non scratching and works great on gold.

− GENERAL CARE

+ GENERAL CARE

Take off your rings when you are doing housework, gardening, heavy work and sports.

Take off your jewellery before you go to sleep. 

Keep it well away from chemicals, especially chlorine. If it does come into contact with chemicals, rinse it in water immediately to avoid build up which can make cleaning difficult.

Bathe and apply any lotions or perfumes before you put your jewellery on.

Store it separately, ideally in a soft-lined box or case, so that your favourite pieces don’t rub or scratch one another.

What is wear and tear?  Wear and tear describes the general knocks and scratches that jewellery made from silver and gold develop during its life. Wear and tear can alter the appearance of jewellery significantly. Precious metals can distort if squeezed or twisted. To avoid wear and tear, take off your jewellery, especially rings when you are doing housework, gardening, heavy work and sports.

What is tarnishing? Tarnishing is a non permanent, chemical change in the surface of metal which darkens and dulls over time. Some metals will tarnish quickly some slowly and some won’t tarnish.

​Silver jewellery will tarnish. Use a polishing cloth to remove any tarnish. Pollution, contact with chemicals and some skin types will increase the chances of tarnishing happening quickly. 14k gold will tarnish slowly. Use a silver polishing cloth on 14k white and yellow gold and a brass cleaner on red gold. 18k gold will not tarnish.