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PRESERVATION

Updated: Oct 11, 2021

This page has been curated for the content, creation and preservation of the metals and stones used by Astral Apparel Angel Armoury. If you have any further questions, feel free to drop me a message at nancygorman@astralapparel.co.uk

Astral Apparel Angel Armoury currently uses: sterling silver, 14K gold fill, gold and silver plate, copper, jeweller's brass, bronze, aluminium, stainless steel, Swarovski crystals and various semi precious gemstones.

Special request commissions using other precious metals and stones are available by enquiry.

Airtight storage is optimal for jewel preservation.

STERLING SILVER

Fine silver is too soft a material for jewelling. As an alloy, sterling silver is supplemented strength with the complementary other metal whilst conserving the natural malleability and precious metal content, making it the optimal choice for cost value and longevity.

925 Sterling Silver consists of 92.5% pure silver and 7.5% other metals [usually copper]. With special care, tarnishing can not only be delayed but also restored, in the long life of sterling silver.

Sterling silver benefits from wear, the natural oils produced by the skin generate a cleansing substance. Tarnishing is almost inevitable in the long life of sterling silver, however this can be delayed and even restored with elementary care.


Should your jewel be looking a bit on the tarnished side, restoration is easy. Take a [clean] dry microfibre cloth and polish. If this is not sufficient, create a solution of water and baking soda to supplement polishing [taking care to avoid contact with any precious stones].


Avoid contact with sea and salt water, cosmetics or cleaning chemicals and other substances as much as possible when wearing your sterling silver jewels. Removal before prolonged contact with moisture is advised in the preservation of jewels.

14K GOLD FILL

A solid layer of gold is bonded to a sterling silver or jeweller's brass base [other traders may use other base metals]. Gold fill jewellery has 100x the gold alloy content of gold plate, allowing longer lasting and more robust pieces.

To clean, create a solution of white vinegar, natural soap and lukewarm water. Soak for several minutes before buffering with a soft microfibre cloth and allow the piece to dry.

GOLD & SILVER PLATE

Plated jewels are comprised of a base metal [most commonly bronze, sometimes copper] and coated in a layer of silver, gunmetal, gold or rose gold. An electric current generates a negative charge to the base metal and positively charges the solution of gold or silver ions. The positive gold or silver ions are attracted to the negative charge of the base metal, and gradually form the gold or silver layer of plating.

A gentle buffering with a [clean] dry microfibre cloth is sufficient for cleaning.

COPPER

Copper is a beautiful and inexpensive metal that has proven popular in jewellery since as early as 5000 BC [gold and silver around 4000 BC]. Over time, copper oxidises and tarnishes. Whilst some folk, including myself, enjoy the rustic aesthetic, restoring your copper jewellery is easy. Mix 1 tbsp of salt and 235 ml of white vinegar, apply the solution to the copper with a [clean] soft cloth and rinse. Alternatively, submerge the copper into 705ml of water and the salt-vinegar solution before boiling until the tarnish alleviates.

Pure copper is hypoallergenic.

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