Here at made. we use a variety of metals in our designs. Please keep in mind that some factors, like how you wear and care for you jewelry, as well as other factors, such as skin acidity, can all affect your specific piece. We hope that the following information will help you understand your metal selection better and know how to best take care of it.
Filled Metals: All of our chains and findings (clasps, jump rings, etc.) are made with either Yellow-Gold Filled or Rose-Gold Filled metal. Filled metals are more reliable than plated and more affordable than solid gold making it an excellent material choice. These metals are made from pure 14k Gold and then “filled” with other alloys, typically brass (made up of copper and zinc) or copper, ensuring that they are nickel free. These pieces will not flake or “turn” over time.
Sterling Silver: The great thing about Sterling Silver is that the more you wear it, the shinier it stays! Exposure to air can cause it to tarnish, but keeping it concealed in your jewelry box or wrapped up in something can minimize this affect. If your Sterling does begin to tarnish, all it takes is some polishing and it will quickly be restored back to its shiny and clean state.
Antique Brass: This is brass that has already been oxidized to achieve a darker patina. Brass is a metal alloy of copper and zinc and so is naturally nickel-free.
Plated Metals: We use both Gold Plated and Silver Plated metals in some of our earrings as well as in the wire we wrap the stones with. Plated metals consist of a thin layer of gold or silver over a base metal of brass. Plating can show wear over time, but proper care can be taken to extend its life (see below).
Simple ways to prolong the life of your jewelry:
- Consider storing your jewelry in a protective pouch (like what we ship our jewelry to you in) or wrapped in tissue paper to minimize oxidation of sterling, brass, and plated metals.
- Avoid getting your jewelry wet. Don’t wear your pieces in the shower or when swimming.
- Sweat can affect the finish on plated metals so we suggest not wearing your jewelry while excising.
- Living near saltwater or in very humid conditions can cause some metals to darken. If this happens, you can gently clean your piece with a polishing cloth.