MAINTENANCE & CARE
When we have something we love, we want to preserve it and keep it forever new. Here you will find all the information about the materials used by Andrêa Martins Jewellery, as well as everything you need to know to keep and care for your jewellery.
Andrêa Martins, manufactures her 925 Sterling Silver jewelry with Rhodium, in the prevention of oxidation, not suffering, this way, when in contact with acids produced by the skin, any chemical or moisture. The pieces remain preserved.
Chemically, precious metals are less reactive than most metals. Elements, are lighter, softer or ductile, and have a higher melting point than other metals.
Fine silver or pure silver (99.9%) is very malleable, and as a result, it can be easily damaged. The 925 silver consists of a melting of fine silver with a small quantity of copper, association of 92.5% of fine silver and 7.5% of copper. This makes it possible to make it stronger and more durable, enabling the handling and making of the jewel.
How to Care for Your Jewellery
Silver jewelry may darken over time, for simple contact with the air or in a manner induced by the chemical products (Perfumes, cosmetics, chlorine-based cleaning products and other acids). This process is called oxidation, not affecting its quality, even with pieces that have never been used.
The silver in contact with the air cause a chemical phenomenon called oxidation, which may cause a change in the original color of the jewel. This does not represent a change in the quality or content of the leagues.
It is a natural and superficial process, occurring to a greater or lesser extent due to factors as the proximity of the sea, the skin's PH, or the shape of packing of jewelry.
Learn how to keep your jewellery always shiny and new looking for longer.
Before performing any type of cleaning, thoroughly analyze the part in question,
To ensure that it is not damaged, has no stone or other element missing.
Proper cleaning your jewelry is done with a soft bristle brush, running water with mild soap. You can use dishwashing liquid detergent as it removes dirt and does not damage stones.
Take special care when immersing jewelery. Never use hot water, but rather tepid water - temperatures in water can interact with the cleaning agent used a rapid discoloration of the same. On the other hand, contact with the water can take off more delicate elements or damage precious and semiprecious stones. From 30 seconds to one minute is enough time to leave a jewel in water and wash it with the use of the toothbrush, for example. After removing it from the water, allow it to air dry and finish the process using soft cloth.
A soft, 100% cotton cloth reserved exclusively for cleaning y In the goldsmith's shops special cloths are sold for this purp ose. Be sure to wash the cloth after each use since the dirt accumulated may damage the next jewelery to be cleaned. Never use paper towels, toilet paper or kitchen rolls to polish the same Fibers present in this product may scratch. For jewelry with many details or difficult to clean, use an old but soft toothbrush.
Avoid bathing with jewelry, since soap, creams, skin fat and bath oils accumulate a thin film on the surface, making them opaque pieces: bracelets and necklaces composed of thread, over time accumulate soap residues, which can weaken and break.
When using a jewelry cleaning agent, always read the label, seeing if it is appropriate to certain gemstones, specially pearls or corals. These two are prone to damage caused by chemicals that cause a loss of its natural brightness.
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The good use of your jewellery contributes greatly to the fact that they preserve their original appearance and have the expected durability.
Whenever you wear a jewelry, if possible, wipe it with a soft cloth, removing the sweat acquired from the hands and store them in suitable places, duly conditioned, separated from each other, avoiding that these clash with other hard things and scratch. If possible, try to involve in soft fabrics, in packaging, in jewelery boxes or in sachets well closed, avoiding the entrance of air, luminosity, thus conserving their bright.
Pearls, emeralds and organic gems need to "breathe" and resent excessive moisture or dryness. Store your jewelry in airy and do not wrap them in plastic bags.
It is not advisable to wear jewelry on beaches and swimming pools, which may damage their surface, compromising its brightness.
Save sun exposure and excessive heat on them. Heating can accelerate the oxidation process, so it is important to avoid using jewelry in physical activities.
Do not use jewels when they are exposed to contact with: household cleaning, hair dyeing and straightening products.
Hand cream, deodorant and perfume should be passed minutes before wearing jewels, thus avoiding chemical reactions.
People who have high uric acid, who are nervous or who take medicines may darken silver and veneers.
Protect jewelery from impact, against hard and abrasive surface
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