While the metals we use are strong, you need to treat your treasures with love and care. Keep your pieces stored in the box provided by Elke or on a jewellery stand.
Many environmental factors can affect the speed and intensity of tarnishing, storing with a tarnish prevention cloth will assist.
Stainless Steel is a strong, tarnish resistant material, however over time it may lose luster. To restore the shine to your stainless, simply buffer with a damp cloth. Avoid exposing your stainless steel pieces to chlorinated products such as chlorine bleach and chlorinated swimming pools.
Titanium is a very strong, durable metal. Over time, your unpolished Titanium pendant will become naturally polished by your skin. Although this metal is very durable and hard to damage, it is not completely scratch resistant.
If your Titanium piece becomes dirty, you can clean it by letting it soak in warm water and mild soap for several minutes.
If your titanium jewellery is not very dirty, you can just polish it using a polishing cloth, which you can buy at any jewellery store.
To clean your chains, soak in warm water with mild soap. After several minutes, dry with a soft cloth (preferably 100% cotton or microfibre).
Our copper jewellery is natural and untreated. Keep your copper jewellery clean by occasionally washing it with lukewarm, soapy water. Then, dry and polish with a soft cloth. You can also use a soft cloth to gently polish your jewelry using a polish.
If your copper should tarnish, as copper naturally does, you can clean your jewellery using one of the following methods to restore its original shine:
- Use table salt and vinegar – pour salt and vinegar over your jewellery and gently rub into the jewellery until any grime or tarnishing is removed. Rinse with water and polish with a soft, dry cloth.
- Use salt and lemon – pour salt on half of a lemon and rub over jewelry, or pour salt and squeezed lemon juice onto jewelry and gently rub in. Rinse with water and polish with a soft, dry cloth.
When your copper is not in use, store in plastic bags to slow the tarnishing process.
Patina finish is ephemeral and requires special care. although sealed, the patina will change with wear. To protect the patina do not expose to moisture, lotions, oils, soaps or other liquids. Handle with clean dry hands. Patina jewelry should be stored in a clean dry place.
Chains and findings
Many of Elke’s pieces are accompanied by rhodium plated sterling silver chain.
You can avoid tarnish by wearing your jewellery often. The oils in your skin will clean the silver and keep it looking shiny.
What is Rhodium Plated Silver?
Rhodium is a hard durable precious metal of the platinum family. Rhodium plating (electroplating) is usually done to prevent scratching or tarnishing, protect the underlying metal, give the jewellery a white and shiny appearance and make it durable.