Prolong the life of your jewelry piece with these guidelines

Tarnish

Exposure to air and moisture causes metals to dull or darken over time. All metal tarnishes but metals such as copper and brass tend to tarnish more quickly. Some like the look of this natural patina, but it is a personal preference.

To slow the process, avoid contact with lotions, perfumes etc. Remove rings when washing hands and do not wear your jewelry in the shower. When not in use, it is best to store your jewelry pieces in airtight ziplock bags.

Solid metals (those without surface treatments such as oxidization and plating) can be polished with a soft polishing cloth to bring back their original lustre.

Oxidized and Plated pieces

Oxidation is the blackening of silver with a chemical process. It is a semi-permanent treatment that lightens over time with wear.

To protect the surface treatment, avoid contact with lotions, perfumes etc. Remove rings when washing hands and do not wear your jewelry in the shower. When not in use, it is best to store your jewelry pieces in airtight ziplock bags.

If you have purchased an oxidized piece from Andrea Shelley, please contact us for information about re-oxidization.

Plating is the application of a thin layer of metal (gold or rhodium) to the surface of a jewellery piece. As with oxidization, the plating will lighten over time. To prolong the life of your piece, you should have it inspected regularly to check for signs of wear.