Materials and Care
The Real Deal
We work with precious metals only, with the desire to have your jewelry be as long lasting and low maintenance as possible.
Pronounced ‘ver-may’ and not to be confused with regular gold plating, vermeil is thickest level of gold bonding over silver. This is what gives our pieces their long-lasting gold color and enduring quality.
In contrast, typical plating is normally a much thinner layer of gold and can be bonded to cheaper base metals like brass. To learn more about the various gold qualities and what to look for read our deeper dive blog about it here.
We use 925 Sterling Silver with no treatments applied on top, because we think it's beautiful just the way it is. All styles are stamped with a 925 indicating their silver purity level.
Always store your jewelry individually, preferably in your Lausanne soft lined box or the air-tight baggie found at the bottom of the box. This will help to keep your piece from being scratched or tangled; as well as help maintain luster.
It's the inherent nature of all metals to naturally oxidize when exposed to moisture, air pollutants etc. So keeping things stored properly when not worn will make life easy and require less cleaning.
Sterling silver will oxidize faster, (that's how you know it's legit) But it is also super easy to shine back up and remove.
How to Clean
Clean your jewelry with a soft, non-abrasive, and lint-free cloth. (Eye-glass cloths are a handy option.) This helps maintain and or bring back its shine. If necessary, you can use a mild, liquid dish soap (diluted to avoid leaving film) with warm water and a soft cloth, then rinse with clean water and pat dry.
Avoid using “dip” polish or abrasive jewelry cleaners as these can contain harsh chemicals that are damaging to jewelry over time. Jewelry polishing cloths which have been treated with cleaners or polishing agents should only ever be used on solid sterling silver items. Do not use these on gold vermeil, or rhodium plated silver.
For a step by step cleaning guide read our blog here.
What to Avoid
All jewelry is susceptible to damage from the effects of chemicals commonly found in perfume, hair products, cosmetics, cleaning products, and body lotions/oils. To pro-long the life of your jewelry, make it a practice to be the last thing you put on.
Chlorine, salt-water and even fresh water can damage precious metals and gemstones by dulling or eroding them over time. Gold and silver are particularly susceptible to damage from chlorine so that's a no-no. Soapy water when bathing can also leave a thin film, which makes the metal seem dull, so do make it a habit of removing them when showering.
In general, if you treat your jewelry with care it'll live its best long life with you for years to come.