I believe jewelry should be worn every day! The more you love and wear your jewelry the more bright and shiny it stays. All Amanda Hunt designs are composed of the solid metal. No plating is used.
In order to achieve a long lifespan of your jewels, keep adjustments to a minimum. Excessive bending can cause metal to weaken and break. Remove jewelry before showering, swimming, exercising or applying any moisturizers or fragrances. Do not expose to continuous moisture or heat. Metal is a natural material from Mother Earth and it is in its nature to patina over time. If you want to keep your jewelry bright and shiny see below for some tips!
Solid gold is pure magic! It's durable for everyday wear and stands the test of time by naturally keeping its shine and luster year after year after year. It requires a lot less maintenance than other metals, but it still needs a little TLC every once in a while. I recommend gently washing your gold pieces with unscented, clear dish soap and a soft toothbrush as desired. A Sunshine polishing cloth can also be used to shine up your solid gold pieces.
Sterling silver is a bright and beautiful precious metal with a long life span. The more you love and wear your sterling silver the more bright and shiny it stays. Tarnish can occur when sterling silver comes in contact with the oxygen in the air. If you are not wearing your sterling silver pieces every day, it is best to store in a resealable plastic bag or airtight container. If you do see some tarnishing, you can polish it with a jewelry polishing cloth, I recommend Sunshine Cloths to brighten it right up!
I am proud to use a yellow bronze alloy for all my bronze pieces that has a beautiful golden tone similar to 14k yellow gold. Both bronze and brass are alloys of copper. The high copper content in brass and bronze can cause it to darken over time. This is primarily due to a reaction to water and humidity. Some people, depending on their personal PH balance, experience a green coloring to the skin when it comes in contact with bronze and brass. This is perfectly harmless and is due to the copper content. If you prefer to avoid the dark patina to the metal, try to keep your bronze and brass as dry as possible. Take your ring off when washing your hands and dry your hands thoroughly before putting your ring back on. You can also coat the inside of the ring with a clear nail polish this will form a barrier between your skin and the ring. If tarnish begins to occur, a Sunshine Cloth can be used for touch ups. For a bright shine, it is easiest to use a commercial polish like Brasso to restore your piece to its original luster.
I use gold fill in some of my chains, clasps, and ear wires. Gold fill is made when a layer of gold is fused to a core of base metal. The gold in gold fill is 50 to 100,000 times thicker than gold plating. The gold fill I use is nickel free. You can also use a Sunshine cloth on gold fill, but it’s best used gently and sparingly.
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