Stainless steel or stainless steel (SS) is resistant to corrosion and stains and requires little or no maintenance. Stainless steel silver does not discolour and is therefore one of our favorite materials. In general, stainless steel does not discolour gold, but the gold-colored one is a layer, so that layer could disappear over time.
925 sterling silver
Sterling silver is the most famous silver alloy. Sterling silver consists of at least 92.5% pure silver and 7.5% other metals, usually copper. The sterling silver standard requires the alloy to have a silver content of one thousandth fineness of 925. This means the same as 92.5% pure silver. Usually you will find one on sterling silver jewelry 925 engraved sign.
Jewelry can be made of precious or base metal. A base metal and zinc alloy is, for example, zinc alloy. A zinc alloy has a low melting point and good flowability. Therefore they are easy to machine, weld and solder. Metal can discolour, depending on the PH value of the skin. Read more about discoloration below.
If a piece of jewelry is not made of precious metal such as sterling silver, gold, rhodium or platinum, it can discolour. 925 sterling silver can also turn a little black over time, but this is easy to polish with a silver polishing cloth. Jewelry often has a gold (14K or 18K), silver, rhodium or rose gold plating. Depending on how strong this layer is, the jewelry will remain beautiful for longer. Under this layer is another metal type which is base (no gold, silver, rhodium or platinum). When the plating is worn, this type of metal can react to moisture and the PH value (acidity) of the skin. Some jewelry discolour faster than others, and some are not bothered by this at all. This is due to the reaction of the metal under the plating to the acidity (PH value) of the skin. If you want to be sure that your jewelry does not discolour, do not choose metal.
Treat them like your baby! This is how your jewelry stays at its best:
◘ Make sure that your jewelry does not come into contact with perfume, hairspray, body lotion or other liquid substances.
◘ Give perfume or body lotion some time to dry and then put on your jewelry.
◘ Do not wear your jewelry in damp areas such as the sauna or in the swimming pool.
◘ Do not expose your jewelry to bright sun for too long.
◘ Do not wear your jewelry during rough work, sports, showering or while sleeping.
◘ Dry your hands thoroughly before putting on / putting on your jewelry.
◘ Take off your rings when disinfecting your hands.