Jewelry, Product Material and Maintenance Guide

In order to keep your favorite jewelry and/or Products as Beautiful as possible, I've written the do's and don'ts down for you and for which material it applies. That way you can enjoy them as long as possible.

DQ Silver Plated
This is a Nickel free metal with a real Silver, Rose or Golden plating. A beautiful quality that requires little to no maintenance. However, the jewelry can discolor due to the thin plating that is on the jewel. Therefore, be careful with water, body lotion, perfume, perspiration etc. If the jewel becomes dull, it can be polished again with a special jewel cloth.

The abbreviation DQ (Designer Quality) is equivalent to a European quality mark, which indicates the quality of the metal.

925 Sterling Silver
Jewelry made from 925 Silver consists of 92,5% Silver and 7,5% of a harder metal, usually copper.

Unfortunately, discoloration occurs due to various processes and external influences, but it can be slowed down.

Silver Oxidizes, meaning it turns black. This is easy to solve by polishing your jewelry every now and then with a silver polishing cloth.
Gold plated or Silver plated jewelry is affected by the acidity (pH-Level) of the skin. How quickly this happens varies per person.

Stainless Steel (RVS)
Stainless Steel is an alloy of mainly Iron, Chromium and Carbon. These Jewelry are resistant to oxidation, corrosion and stains and require little to no maintenance. Plated Jewelry has a thin layer that will wear off after a certain time of wearing.

Zinc Alloy 
Zinc is a base metal. Mostly used together with copper to make an alloy for jewelry. Because Zinc Alloy is a combination of metals I can not guarantee that Zinc Alloy is Nickel Free.

Like most metals, Zinc alloy can tarnish and discolor. Depending on the Metal contents, finish and exposure to certain conditions. This can happen quickly or take several months. To help prevent tarnish, it's best to keep it away from water and moist conditions. Store it in a airtight container when you are not wearing them. To remove tarnish you could use common household toothpaste (non-gel). To clean a component, work the paste in a sponge and then apply directly to the piece, you can use a soft brush to get into grooves. Please note that if the tarnish has been left for too long, the metal will remain discolored. Once the component is clean, rinse thoroughly and dry.

You can remove a black finish with Nail polish remover. Simply use a cotton bud, dipped in the remover and wipe over the service. Or dip the whole charm into the remover if you wish to remove all finish, use a soft brush to scrub.

Pearls, Nature- and Gemstones
Pearls, nature, Gem and Semi-Gemstones can be effected when they come into contact with chemical agents. Think of make-up, perfume, lotions, hairspray etc. These products are easy to clean with water.

Natural Fiber Jute Rope
Rope likes to ''breath'' so I recommend that you keep your Jewelry related rope away from water and direct sunlight. Keep it in a cool, dry and open location. Jute is susceptible to mildew and/or dry rot, and damage by UV rays.

We are working on a guide for taking care of our Ropes used for the practice of the art of Japanese Rope Bondage. We thank you for your patience.

Wood
Make sure to keep your wooden Jewelry away from water and damp spaces, you could occasionally rub them with a nourishing vegetable oil (Such as JoJoBa, Available in our store) to keep them firm and happy. Water will cause the grain of the wood to expand and can make the wearable surface less smooth.

Leather
Leather Jewelry can last for a long time if and only if it's maintained properly. Keep it away from dust, water and salt. When your jewelry is exposed to rain or water it loses its charm. You can pat down the leather with a damp Cloth. Put a small dab of mild, moisturizing hand soap or leather cleaner on the cloth on both sides. Rinse and dampen the cloth with clean water and wipe the leather clean and dry.

Summarized
To summarize everything I recommend taking off your jewelry while sleeping, showering, exercising and swimming.
Jewelry can break or discolor due to the chemical additives in shampoo, soap or other skin care products.
Chlorine and salt are also disastrous for your jewelry.
Read instructions that tell you how you can best maintain your jewelry with, for example, a Silver Polishing Cloth.