Maintenance Guide

All our jewelry are designed and handmade with a concern for quality and durability. By preventing deterioration and maintaining them properly, you can wear them for years to come. Be sure to handle them with care and store them in a safe place.
 
STERLING SILVER
Sterling silver is an alloy made of 92.5% silver and 7.5% other metals, usually copper and zinc.
 
It is quite normal for sterling silver to oxidize over time. These metals react with ambient air, humidity, salts or chemicals. Sterling silver will tarnish faster in moisty areas or in saline environments. Chemicals such as perfumes and body lotions can also speed up the tarnishing process.
 
Prevent oxidation
  • Wear your jewelry: the most effective way to prevent oxidation!
  • When you don’t wear them, store them in a hermetic container or jewelry box to minimize contact with the surrounding air.
  • Avoid wearing jewelry in saline or chlorinated waters: spa, bath, pool, sea
  • Avoid storing jewelry in high humidity areas (such as bathrooms)
  • Avoid exposing your jewelry to lotions and perfumes.
Clean oxidation

Sterling silver cloth
Specially treated cotton fabric that gently cleans sterling silver and gives it back its shine and brilliance. Available in jewelry shops or online. We recommend the brand Hagery.
 
Homemade recipes
 
Lemon
Soak a toothbrush with lemon juice. Rub gently your jewel. Rinse with water and wipe it with a cloth.
 
Toothpaste
Soak a toothbrush with toothpaste. Rub gently your jewel. Rinse with water and wipe it with a cloth.
 
White vinegar
Soak your silver jewelry in a glass filled with white vinegar for 2 hours. Rinse with water and wipe it with a cloth.
 
Baking soda
Fill a small bowl with a tablespoon of baking soda with a little warm water. Soak a toothbrush with the mixture. Rub gently your jewel. Rinse with water and wipe it with a cloth.
 
Intervention of a specialist
Some factors such as the texture, pattern or age of the jewel can influence the tenacity of the oxidation marks. If the sterling silver cloth or homemade recipes are ineffective for eliminating tarnish, we suggest you consult a specialist jeweler who will work with more advanced equipment and techniques.

LEATHER
Leather is a tough material that goes through the years when you take care of it.

Prevent damages
  • When you don’t wear your jewelry, store them in a hermetic container or jewelry box to minimize contact with the surrounding air.
  • Protect your jewelry from water that could deform or crack the material
  • Protect your jewelry from air or salty water that could damage the material
Maintain the leather
Leather jewelry can be cleaned daily with a soft, clean and slightly damp cloth. They can be revamped and maintained in the longer term with a cream for leather that you can find at the shoemaker or online.

WOOD
Natural wood is a solid material that goes through the years when you take care of it. However, special attention must be given to lacework designs that are more fragile.

Prevent damages
  • When you don’t wear your jewelry, store them in a hermetic container or jewelry box to minimize contact with the surrounding air that may degrade or dry the material.
  • Protect your jewelry from water that could bend or distort the material
  • Be aware that lacework designs should be handled with care. Be sure to store them in a safe place and protect them from shocks.
 
Maintain the wood
Wood jewelery can be cleaned daily with a soft, clean and slightly damp cloth. They can be revamped and maintained in the longer term by applying a small amount of canola oil.
 
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Looking forward to help you!
 
- Jacinthe
info@noirkala.com

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