Materials & Care

Materials:

All of our jewellery is lovingly handmade in our Melbourne studio. Our small team of jewellery makers work with a range of metals, so here is a quick guide to each of those:

Costume Jewellery:

  • 925 Sterling Silver: This is an alloy of silver containing 92.5% silver and 7.5% of other metals (usually copper) to increase the strength, hardness and to reduce tarnishing.
  • Gold Plated 925 Sterling Silver: Gold plated sterling silver jewellery has a layer of gold electrically deposited and bonded on to the surface of the sterling silver, creating an outer layer. The plating will wear down over time to reveal the sterling silver underneath, but read below for some care instructions that will help your jewellery look its best for as long as possible.
  • Rose Gold Plated 925 Sterling Silver: Rose gold plated sterling silver jewellery has a layer of rose gold electrically deposited and bonded on to the surface of the sterling silver, creating an outer layer. The plating will wear down over time to reveal the sterling silver underneath, but read below for some care instructions that will help your jewellery look its best for as long as possible.
  • Gold Filled: Our gold-filled jewellery has had gold chemically bonded to the base metal, making it more durable finish than a plated piece. It is more water durable than plated and the finish will retain for up to 30 years, if cared for properly.
  • Rose Gold Filled:  Our gold-filled jewellery has has the gold chemically bonded to the base metal, making it a much thicker and more durable finish. It is more water durable than plated and the finish will retain for up to 30 years, if cared for properly.
  • Brass: Brass is an alloy of copper and zinc, giving it a beautiful yellow colour. Brass has a special way of oxidising over time, where a "patina" of black, blue and green is normal and gives unique charm to a piece. 
  • Gold Vermeil 925 Sterling Silver: Our gold vermeil jewellery is similar to our gold plating, but the gold applied to the sterling silver is 14ct and applied in a layer that is 2.5 microns thick
  • Rose Gold Vermeil 925 Sterling Silver: Our rose gold vermeil jewellery is similar to our gold plating, but the rose gold applied to the sterling silver is 14ct and applied in a layer that is 2.5 microns thick

Fine Jewellery:

  • 9ct, 14ct, 18ct Gold: Carats indicate the proportion of pure yellow or white gold compared to other metals in the gold. 9ct gold contains 37.5% pure gold, 14ct gold contains 58.5% pure gold and 18ct gold contains 75% pure gold.
  • The more gold carats, the harder and more durable (and more expensive) the jewellery with be, but all 9ct, 14ct and 18ct gold is classed as fine jewellery and is appropriately strong and durable to be worn everyday for a lifetime. Scratches will appear over time, but 9ct, 14ct and 18ct gold jewellery can be refurbished and maintained so the piece continues to look beautiful for many, many years.


Most of our jewellery can be made up in a 9ct, 14ct or 18ct gold, just get in touch for a quote

Care:

Different jewellery needs different care, which is why it is important to take a mental note of what materials your jewellery is made of when you buy it.

Costume jewellery, which is sterling silver, gold and rose gold plated jewellery and gold and rose gold filled jewellery, needs extra special care. All of our jewellery is delicately handcrafted using high quality materials, however there are some steps we recommend to keep your jewellery looking beautiful for years to come:

  • Water is not a friend to delicate jewellery, so it’s best to remove it before you go for a dip or exercise.
  • To avoid tangling, remove before bed and be mindful with scarves, bag straps and long hair.
  • Let your sunscreen/moisturiser dry before putting your jewellery on and avoid spraying perfume near it (as it can discolour).
  • Store your jewellery in its box when not in use and away from humid environments such as the bathroom.
  • To keep your jewellery shining bright, gently rub with a polishing cloth. Purchase a Silver Polishing Cloth or Gold Polishing Cloth.

  • Fine jewellery, which is 9k to 18ct yellow, white and rose gold and platinum, is made of high strength and durable materials and is well suited to everyday wear over many years. Because the materials are more durable, they carry a higher price tag, but they are also easier to care for. However, there are some suggestions we make to ensure your jewellery stays beautiful for many years to come:

     

  • Gemstones vary in porosity and strength, so we suggest leaving rings in your locker while at the gym (or when doing lots of physical activity).
  • Let your sunscreen/moisturiser dry before putting your jewellery on and avoid spraying perfume near it (as it can discolour or create a build-up on or around a gemstone).
  • To keep your jewellery shining bright, gently rub with a polishing cloth. Purchase a Silver Polishing Cloth or Gold Polishing Cloth.