Caring for Your Ravish Designs Sterling Silver

A polish now and then with a blue silver cloth is enough to keep your jewellery looking like new. (We have available INCA polishing cloths for $10 - please ask with your order by placing in the delivery instructions section)

When widening the hooks on earrings, be gentle. Some are meant to slide over the lobe and be gently coaxed on. Whilst excellent craftsmanship is used in all pieces, rough handling could affect the integrity of some joins. If your jewellery has a gemstone in it, we recommend taking the piece off before washing hands or showering.

Ravish Designs stands behind all our jewellery 100%, and because of this, we offer a 3 month guarantee on all pieces. Within this time, assuming the piece has not been mistreated, we will repair or replace your purchase, at our cost.

Remember that small bumps and scratches add to the character of this Israeli hammered silverwork, so enjoy all the memories your jewellery will soon hold secret! We are sure you will continue to enjoy your Ravish Designs jewels for many many years to come.

Some more interesting sterling silver information

Both silver and sterling silver are precious metals, and both closely related, but they are not the same. Pure silver is quite soft and because of this won't hold its shape; sterling silver was invented as a more durable form of this highly malleable and lustrous metal, lending its hardwearing properties to the creation of frequently worn jewellery.

Ravish Designs' 925 sterling silver is a composite of 92.5% pure silver, with the remaining 7.5% an alloy of mainly copper, sometimes with zinc , tin or brass. There is absolutely NO NICKEL content in any of our pieces, making our jewellery allergy-free.

Sterling silver tarnishes, or oxidises - this is caused by a reaction between the silver and the sulfur containing oxygen particles of the air.

The following guide gives you some useful advice on preserving your sterling silver gemstone jewelry in the state you want for future generations.

Storage

Store your sterling silver jewelry in a dark, cool place away from direct sunlight or other sources of extreme heat such as radiators. A perfect place is in a jewelry box in amongst your clothes.

Never store your sterling silver jewelry in paper, cardboard, or cotton filled boxes, as these contain trace elements of sulfur.

Cleaning

Over time, sterling silver will develop a mellow patina caused by ‘Oxidization’, which results in an ‘Antique’ look where tarnish builds up in the fine details giving your sterling silver jewelry a beautifully unique air. You may or may not appreciate this aspect; you should consider this before making any attempts at cleaning your jewelry.

The best way to preserve and encourage the tarnished ‘Antique’ look to sterling silver jewelry can be done by not cleaning the jewelry with water, and not wearing the jewelry in the shower or bath.

The best way to prevent tarnish is to wear your sterling silver jewelry as often as possible.

If your sterling silver does become tarnished, it is easily restored to its former glory by using a silver cloth (We have available INCA polishing cloths for $10 - please ask with your order by placing in the delivery instructions section).

The Do's and Dont's

Always take your sterling silver jewelry off before applying suntan lotion, skin creams, and swimming in chlorinated or salt water.

Never wear your jewelry when working with detergents, bleaches, ammonia or alcohols; these chemicals will cause discoloration, damage and loosen any gemstones.

Never use an ultrasonic cleaner, ammonia or any chemical solution to clean opaque gemstones, such as turquoise, malachite, onyx, lapis lazuli and opals. They are a porous stone and may absorb chemicals, which build up inside the stone and cause discoloration. Simply wipe them gently with a moist soft cloth until clean. 

A Short History Lesson...

Because of their long tradition and history, silver artisans are some of the most highly skilled artisans in the world today. Only the finest craftsmen in each generation became master silversmiths, this evolution throughout the centuries has created a tradition of excellence in both artistry and craftsmanship that is found only in the silver field.
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The meaning of the word jewellery is derived from the word, jewel, which is the anglicised form of the French word ‘jouel’; and even further back to the Latin word ‘jocale’, which means toy or plaything.  Jewellery is one of the oldest forms of body adornment, and although it has been used to pin clothes together and as a form of wealth storage in ingot form, it is still mainly used throughout history for decoration.

Silver jewellery was once used to indicate status as it was restricted for use by only the wealthiest and noblest of all up until the end of the 18th century. It was only through the Industrial Revolution, through mass manufacturing that jewellery finally became available to the general public. It is seen on its own and embedded with precious or semiprecious stones in areas all over the world and from many areas of history including; Mesopotamia, China, Japan, Egypt, Africa, Greece, Rome, India, Mexico (Mayans), Indian Tribes of North America, Peru (Aztecs), and the British Isles (Celts).

Silver is still beautiful and for many, more affordable than gold. Wearing a find piece of silver jewellery can give the wearer a feeling of confidence and beauty and create the finishing touch to any outfit. All sorts of silver jewellery can be found from modern pieces to purchasing antique pieces that have stood the test of time. Silversmiths still replicate the older styles and wearing these beautiful pieces can add a unique touch to any outfit and is sure to get the wearer noticed!!

Silver in all its luminous apparitions, has co-reigned alongside gold for more than 6000 years as the ‘Queen of Precious Metals’. However, of all silver’s heirs it is sterling silver with its intrinsic beauty, value and durability, that has ensured itself a place in the history books as one of the most popular mediums of personal adornment.

Owning a prestigious item such as sterling silver jewelry should be undertaken with an eye on the future. Like all precious metals, sterling silver’s value increases with time, and one day your jewelry could well become a priceless family heirloom, so looking after it now can only pay dividends in the future. However, to understand the proper care and maintenance of your sterling silver jewelry it is first necessary to look into sterling silver’s background.

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