Sterling Silver Care

Sterling silver is one of the most beautiful and lustrous of all metals. 
With proper care, your silver jewelry will retain its beauty and character for many generations to come. 

• Always put your jewelry on last, after cosmetics, perfume, and hairspray. 
• Avoid exposing your silver jewelry to household chemicals when cleaning with bleach or ammonia, 
   or when swimming in chlorinated water to avoid damage. 
• Always wipe jewelry with a soft cleaning cloth after wearing.
• Store your silver jewelry separately in a cool, dry place; a jewelry box, tarnish prevention cloth or pouch
   to slow the process of natural oxidation and avoid scratching. 
• When needed, your silver jewelry can be washed in warm water with a mild soap, 
   using a soft brush with natural bristles such as a toothbrush. 
   Rinse well and dry thoroughly, returning the jewelry to it's cool, dry location.


Sterling silver contains 92.5 percent of fine silver and 7.5 percent of either copper or nickel. 
Contrary to what most people believe, it’s not the silver in sterling silver that oxidizes and tarnishes; it is these named alloy metals.
Sterling silver jewelry that is worn continually often develops this unique patina, or darkened areas. 
If you like the look, more power to you! If you prefer your silver jewelry bright and shiny, 
you can clean it with a silver polishing cloth or a quality brand silver polish, using a soft cloth or sponge. 
Rinse well and dry thoroughly, returning the jewelry to it's cool, dry location.

Silica gel bags may be used to reduce the amount of moisture that can get into a jewelry wardrobe. 
Creating a dryer environment will ensure that there will be less tarnish on sterling silver jewelry while it is being stored.



Oxidized Sterling Silver

An "oxidized" finish is the deliberate blackening of crevices or the surface of a silver object .
Take care as this finish can be removed by a tarnish cleaning product or by over polishing the jewelry.


Pronounced "vehr-MAY," is .925 Sterling Silver, plated with Gold. Vermeil is a combination of Sterling Silver and Gold commonly used as a component in jewelry.

Stephanie's Vermeil jewelry is Sterling Silver plated with 3 microns of 24K Gold.

"An industry product is described as Vermeil if it consists of a base of sterling silver coated or plated on all significant surfaces with gold or gold alloy of not less than 10 karat fineness, that is of substantial thickness and a minimum thickness throughout equivalent to two and one half (2½) microns (or approximately 1/10000th of an inch) of fine gold."  In the US, sterling silver covered with a base metal (such as nickel) and plated with gold cannot be sold as vermeil without disclosing that it contains base metal.