Our jewelry is hand finished, and therefore delicate in nature. Treat it with care, and you will extend its longevity. In general, we recommend you not swim, bathe, or shower in your jewelry and avoid unnecessary exposure to heat and moisture where possible.
The following are tips for caring for your Cynthia Rybakoff jewelry:
Exposure to sunlight, heat and humidity naturally cause sterling silver to tarnish, as well as the acids in your skin. Keep your sterling silver polished with a jewelry cloth or silver cleaner. We recommend using our special polishing cloth treated with anti-oxidants and non-scratch micro abrasives. For the best results, store your sterling silver in a dark, dry place, and seal in airtight ziploc bags. That's what we do.
Sterling silver may contain a small percentage of copper alloy, which may cause a temporary darkening of the skin in a small percentage of people, that will fade in a day or two. If you experience skin discoloration from our sterling silver jewelry, we can electroplate it in non-reactive rhodium, at the customers expense. Skin discoloration caused by the copper in sterling silver is not an allergic reaction. Allergic reactions to silver are itching, blistering and rash.
OXIDIZED STERLING SILVER
Oxidized sterling silver has been intentionally darkened and cleaning it may strip some or all of the dark patina. Instead, buff with a soft cloth to bring up the shine, if desired, or wipe with a damp cloth if dirty. Oxidized silver should be low maintenance. We prefer a dull antique look for oxidized silver and don't think you need to do anything to it at all!
All of our electroplated metals are nickel free. We first apply a palladium undercoat to seal the brass or silver from the tarnish leaching through to the top layer. The next step is a layer of copper, followed by the gold or rhodium. A clear protective coating is applied last, to improve the durability of the finish. Electroplated metals are more vulnerable to damage from chemicals, including those in soaps, perfumes, and lotions, as well as natural acids in your skin. The coating may scratch from heavy wear and tear. Please note that everyones's skin and activities are different, and we cannot predict how quickly electroplating will wear off for you. To preserve electroplated jewelry, do not immerse in water with detergents or chemicals, spray perfume or use products containing alcohol directly on the jewelry, such as anti-bacterial wipes and lotions, or use jewelry cleaners, as they may strip the surface, and damage the finish. Remove electroplated rings before activities such as cooking, cleaning, gardening, exercising, showering, swimming or sleeping. To clean, wipe with a damp cloth. You can expect all electroplated jewelry to experience some wear and tear over time. Contact us about our re-plating services.
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