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A rmature jewelry is handcrafted using artisanal techniques and has been specially designed to last a very long time (hopefully several lifetimes). You can increase the lifespan of your Armature jewelry pieces dramatically by caring for them carefully using proper methods.
Gold Filled Jewelry lasts 10-30 years if preserved properly. Because of its thick gold layer, that constitutes for 5% of its weight. GF jewelry is a great affordable alternative to solid gold and a more durable option than plated and vermeil.
It’s wise to avoid spraying perfumes, hair spray or any other type or aerosol around your jewelry too. Make sure accessorizing is the last thing you do before you leave the house.
Humidity can cause sterling silver jewelry to tarnish very quickly, so avoid taking these kinds of pieces on your next tropical vacation and opt for gold instead. Unless you like how our smooth silver tarnishes with slight oxidation! Keep your silver pieces in a cool, dry place away from excess moisture whenever you aren’t wearing them, and avoid sticky lotions or self tanners that could cause them to corrode.
To save your Armature pieces from unwanted scratches, keep them in a soft-lined jewelry box and wrap them individually to stop them hitting each other when you are traveling. We also recommend insuring your jewelry in case of theft or fire. Keep your jewelry box in a safe or locked space whenever possible.
Sterling Silver Armature pieces can be cleaned at home using a silver polishing
cloth. You can buy these online and they usually contain anti-tarnishing agents to coat
your jewelry in a protective film. This should stop any sort of discoloration.
How to clean silver jewelry w/o gemstones:
1. Cover inside of a bowl with aluminum foil
2. Pour 1 tbsp baking soda and 1 tbsp salt into a bowl
3. Fill the bowl half full of hot water and stir
4. Place jewelry in the solution, Take it out after 20 secs and then again after 30 secs
and from there 1-5 mins. Baking soda can be abrasive.
5. Remove and pat dry with a lint free cloth
Solid gold can also be cleaned at home but they require slightly more care. You can
buy gold cleaning solutions from jewelry stores or online, which must then be very
carefully buffed into the metal with a soft brush. This process can take some time and
you must be incredibly careful. If you want to do a quick clean up you can follow the
How to clean solid gold, gold filled (GF), plated gold/silver jewelry:
1. Place the gold in a gentle bath of warm water
2. Add a few drops of dish soap
3. Let the gold soak for five minutes
4. Take the gold out and lay it on a soft cloth
5. Go over crevices with a soft q-tip
6.Rinse and pat dry with a soft cloth
Gold Filled (GF), Plated or Vermeil Gold should never be polished aggressively with a polishing cloth as it can damage and actually remove the plating. Sterling Silver Cleaning solutions can be purchased online. They come in small plastic containers and usually have a brush to wipe small areas clean. We recommend, Connoisseurs, Sterling Silver Jewelry Cleaner, & Connoisseurs Fine Jewelry Cleaner, Gold, Platinum, Diamonds and Precious Gemstones in 30 seconds.
Alternatively, we recommend taking your pieces to be professionally cleaned, where they will be properly treated depending on their composition. In this case, make sure to note down the exact composition of your Armature piece so they can give it the most accurate care. Information can usually be found on our website, but if your piece is no longer available online please drop us an email and we’ll be happy to give you more details.