Jewellery Metal Use

Our pieces are produced in 18ct gold-plated stainless steel, 92.5% sterling silver, and brass metal with a layer of 18ct / 24ct gold in a 1-2 micron thickness.

 

Stainless Steel

We love stainless steel because it doesn't harm the person wearing it and has multiple benefits:

  • It is hypoallergenic. This is a great choice for all those who have sensitive skin to certain metals
  • This will not turn your skin green or any other colour. Unlike other metals, these are safe to wear and no harm will come if you wear stainless steel for life
  • Stainless steel does not fade. It's durable, corrosion resistant, and shines just like real silver or gold.

How to Maintain your Stainless Steel Jewellery - Tips and Things to Avoid

  • To help protect the durability and high-quality of your jewellery, remove your jewellery when you shower, bathe or engage in heavy exercise, particularly when swimming in the sea or a chlorinated swimming pool
  • Avoid spraying perfume, applying creams or any other liquids directly onto your jewellery
  • Keep your jewellery away from extreme temperatures, humidity or sunlight
  • Avoid wearing your jewellery when using bleach, cleaning products and other chemicals.

Cleaning Stainless Steel

  • A solution of water and detergent-free soap with a soft bristle toothbrush. A gentle cloth is highly recommended.
  • Believe it or not, baking soda is a great cleaner for stainless steel jewellery. Making a thick paste of baking soda mixed with water, use a gentle cloth to slowly clean your jewellery.
  • Combine one part vinegar with eight parts water. Spray the solution on the stainless steel surfaces and let it sit for five minutes. Afterwards, rinse with cool water or wipe with a damp soft cloth. After your stainless steel surfaces have dried, sprinkle them with olive oil and wipe them with a clean cloth.

How to Store your Stainless Steel Jewellery 

  • We highly recommend that you store your jewellery in the original Refine soft pouch provided or another suitably lined box or soft pouch
  • Ideally store your pieces of jewellery separately, so that they don't rub together or become tangled
  • Avoid storing your jewellery with other sharp objects or jewellery as this could scratch it.

 

925 Sterling Silver Jewellery 

925 Sterling Silver consists of 92.5% of pure silver and 7.5% of other metals, most commonly copper to add strength to the delicate silver metal. We refer to our 925 Sterling Silver Jewellery as Demi-fine jewellery. They are tastefully finished with 18ct gold plating. 

Storing your Demi-fine Jewellery 

Storing your demi-fine jewellery is mostly a subject of location. Here are tarnish-proof ways to store your demi-fine jewellery:

  • Store each piece in a Refine pouch, a jewelry box, or an airtight bag to minimize exposure to air and moist which can cause rapid tarnishing
  • Your jewellery love the shade. Keep it/them away from sunlight and a storage away from the window. A cool dark place is the best storage place
  • Wood can be harmful to your demi-fine jewellery. Keep it/them away from wooden storage boxes or storage lined with wood in direct contact as certain type of woods emit chemicals that hasten tarnish
  • Segregation ensures that your jewellery stays pristine for long. Separate your demi-fine jewellery from jewellery made of other metals as the metals can react with one another causing tarnish and likely damage
  • Avoid storage boxes or area with adhesives
  • To minimise moisture in storage boxes and area, add silica gel packs or chalk to absorb excess moisture and slow down tarnishing. 

Maintaining your Demi-fine Jewellery 

Demi-fine jewellery are quite delicate and as such require absolute care and attention to detail. They are your life-long friends and can stay shining with these best practices:

  • Avoid direct contact with beauty products such as lotions, perfumes, sprays. It's advisable to wear jewellery after application of these products
  • Take off jewellery when exercising, swimming, washing hands, or engaging in strenuous activities that can cause excessive sweat
  • Before storing away, make sure jewellery is completely dry
  • Clean and polish when needed (A silver polishing cloth is accompanied with your order.

Cleaning your Demi-fine Jewellery 

To maintain the shine and glamour of your demi-fine jewellery, utilise any of these cleaning practices, it only takes a moment: 

  • Using the silver polishing cloth accompanied with your order, gently clean the tarnish areas
  • Make a solution of warm water and a dishwashing or mild soap, mix until bubble forms. Soak jewellery for 5-10 mins. Use a soft bristle brush or soft cloth to clean tarnish area. Afterwards, rinse in running warm water and clean to dry with a soft gentle cloth
  • Mix two parts baking soda and one part water to make a paste. Rub paste into jewellery and leave to dry. Afterwards, rinse in running water and clean to dry with a soft gentle cloth. 

 

Brass Jewellery 

Brass jewellery is a more durable and ethical metal made primarily of copper and zinc. A fine finish of 18ct gold plating gives it an elevated look. 

Storing your Brass Jewellery

Based on cumulative experiences, we have found these practices as the best way to store your brass jewellery:

  • Store in a cool and dry place
  • Store each piece in a Refine pouch, a jewelry box, or an airtight bag to minimize exposure to air and moist which can cause rapid tarnishing
  • Ensure to separately store each piece to prevent jewellery pieces from rubbing off on each other causing scratches or damage
  • Avoiding leaving your jewellery out and on surfaces that can easily cause visible scratches on the metal.

Maintaining your Brass Jewellery

The love language of every jewellery is care and your brass jewellery is not an exception. Utilizing the best practices, your jewellery can remain in a good condition for many years.

We recommend these care tips to maintaining and sustaining the beauty and extending the lifespan of your jewellery:

  • Moisture can cause tarnish. Keep your jewellery aside when swimming, showering, or any activities involving water
  • Keep your brass jewellery completely dry before storage
  • Prevent contact with harsh chemicals such as, lotion, cleaning agents, perfumes, which will cause rapid tarnish and affect overall appearance
  • Take off jewellery when engaging in strenuous activities that can cause excessive sweating
  • If you notice any discolouration and/or irritation to skin, kindly avoid wearing the jewellery for a long time. 

Cleaning your Brass Jewellery

These are the best practices advised to cleaning your brass jewellery the right way:

  • Mix mild soap or a mild dishwash in warm water
  • Soak brass jewellery in the mix for a few minutes to lose oil and dirt
  • Gently use a soft-bristle brush to take out left-over dirt/tarnish
  • Rinse jewellery only under running water to take out soap and tarnish residue
  • Gently dry and pat with a very soft clean cloth. Ensure it is completely dry before storage.

Another recommendation is to make a natural paste using the following(only recommended for stubborn dirt/tarnish):

  • Make a paste by mixing equal parts of lemon juice/vinegar with baking soda
  • Apply paste to jewellery using a soft cloth while gently rubbing the paste around the dirt/tarnish areas
  • Rinse under running water until completely clean
  • Pat dry using a very soft cloth
  • Store away when completely dry.

 

Gold Plated Jewellery 

Gold plating entails a thin layer of gold being deposited on another metal through electroplating. Higher karats such as 18/24 karats means more gold substance in the layer. It serves as a more suitable alternative to pure gold jewellery. Considering that we utilize durable metals for our jewellery, with appropriate use and adherence to the care guidelines, your jewellery is expected to last for many years and in a good condition. Kindly note that the plating has a tendency to wear off.

     

    Warranty 

    Your refine piece is warranted for a period of 3 months from the original date of purchase under the terms and conditions of this warranty. Refine Studios warranty covers only manufacturing defects that lead to breakage and not damages caused by the user. We require proof of purchase or a receipt before warranty can take effect.

    The warranty does not cover loss or the gradual degradation of all or part of the goods due to normal wear, mishap, careless handling, improper use, or use outside Refine Studio’s care instructions. Once Refine Studios is satisfied that the warranty claim is valid, we will arrange for the repair or replacement of the jewellery.