Brass and sterling silver naturally oxidize over time with exposure to air and water. This darkening of the metal can be easily removed with a metal polish (such as Flitz or Goddard) or a silver polish cloth. We also have customers who prefer to use either lemon juice or baking soda for a more natural polishing method.
To keep from constant polishing we advise keeping your jewelry away from water as much as possible, to dry it when it does get wet, and to keep it in a dry air tight place when not wearing.
Brass is an alloy made up of mostly copper and zinc. Our pieces are cast in San Francisco, and the castings are cleaned by us in our Oakland studio with rotary tumblers, hand polishing and love!
Sterling Silver is an alloy made up of 92.5% silver. Our pieces are cast in San Francisco, and the castings are cleaned by us in our Oakland studio with rotary tumblers, hand polishing and love!
Gold-filled is when a layer of solid gold is bonded to jeweler’s brass center with heat and pressure. Unlike plated (aka electroplated or "dipped") metals, Gold-filled is legally required to contain 5% or 1/20 gold by weight. Gold-filled is tarnish resistant, does not flake or rub off, and does not change color over time - a must better alternative to solid gold then gold platting.
14k gold is fine to wear in water and to sleep as long as you are comfortable in it. Gold is a soft metal and scratches do appear overtime - they can be buffed out if you prefer a constant high shine surface, but we like to think gold pieces age with you and help tell your story through their tiny imperfections.
Leather is an organic material that will age with time and ware. To get the most out of a leather piece try not to wear in water, as this corrodes it over time.