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Product Care

While the metals we use are strong, you need to treat your treasures with love and care. To ensure your pieces are safe from the elements, keep them stored in the very special jewellery box provided by Elke.

Many environmental factors can affect the speed and intensity of tarnishing, storing with a tarnish prevention cloth will assist.

Gold Plated Stainless Steel

Gold Plated Stainless Steep needs a little more love to keep it shiny and beautiful.

Please avoid spraying perfume directly onto your gold plated jewellery.

Wait until your lotion or cream is dry or has been absorbed by your skin before you wear/touch your gold plated earrings, bracelet or necklace.

Substances like oil, nail polish, nail polish remover, chlorine, perfume and the like may react with metal/plated jewellery and will cause it to tarnish easily. This also goes with sweat, so make sure you don’t forget to remove your gold plated jewellery when you exercise or anything that would require heavy physical work, including swimming.

After use, clean your plated jewellery with a cotton ball or a very soft cloth to remove any dust and dirt it has acquired. Gently rubbing the surface of your gold plated jewellery using a soft jewellery cloth also helps restore shine.

If your jewelry needs more cleaning you may clean it with warm, soapy water. Soak it for a few minutes and if needed, you may clean it with a soft brush.

Stay away from jewellery cleaners and antibacterial soaps which may have certain components that will just make your gold plated jewellery tarnish more quickly.

To avoid scratches, wrap your jewellery in a soft cloth after cleaning or keep it in the jewellery box supplied, separate from other types of jewellery you have.

Showering with gold plated jewellery can eventually cause the gold layer to wear off completely, therefore you should definitely refrain from doing so.

Stainless Steel

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

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).

Copper

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.

Oxidised Copper

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.

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