All moon&forge jewellery is handmade with .925 sterling silver or gold. Some pieces may include bronze, brass, or copper as accent metals to the silver. All of these metals can tarnish over time which is a natural occurrence where the metal darkens and seems to look discolored either in patchy spots or overall.
.925 sterling silver also contains copper, which tarnishes when exposed to oxygen, sweat and lotions. Everyone "turns" silver eventually as a natural result of our body chemistry, but some people may "turn" their silver dark quicker than others. This discoloration can range from a light yellow/gold to a dark black/brown color. To avoid tarnish, keep your jewelry away from cosmetics, hair products, salt water and anything that may contain sulfur. Be sure not to submerge your silver jewelry in water and always remove it when bathing, swimming, or washing dishes by hand. Handmade jewellery is made with softer metals than machine made and needs to be treated with care for a long life.
To remove tarnish from your silver jewellery I recommend using a silver polishing cloth which you can purchase from your local craft or hobby shop, or online. Almost all of my pieces have patina, which is a chemical derived from sulphur and I use it to create the black, velvety recessed parts. Patina is usually used when stamping or when layers of metal are used to create depth. Although patina is usually done with chemicals it can wear off with time if not properly cared for. I seal patinated areas with a museum wax but with time, it will wear away. Keep any piece containing patina away from water, salt water, cosmetics, and hair products as contact with any of these can cause corrosion of the patina. This corrosion will give the patina a green color that can only be repaired by removing the original patina, applying a fresh coat and re-polishing. I do offer this service on all of my pieces, so please get in touch with me if you feel that your jewellery needs a little extra TLC.
Gemstones vary in hardness and durability, turquoise being one of the softer stones and susceptible to breakage, along with Labradorite, which gets its amazing colors from internal fractures that can split outwards if dropped or knocked. Again, I can't stress the importance of treating your jewellery with care - when you take your pieces off for the night, don't drop them into your jewellery box or on the dresser - treat them like the beautiful children they are!