Jewelry Care

Caring for your jewelry

It is important to take proper care of your Steph & Co. jewelry. These pieces will last for many years to come with proper storing and washing.

For all of our jewelry we recommend:

When possible, avoid extended exposure to chlorine, pools, hot tubs, saunas or spas.

When possible, remove jewelry during more aggressive physical activities (running, hiking, swimming, etc.).

When polishing your jewelry, we recommend a soft polishing cloth rather than abrasive material like bath towels, terry cloth, or paper towels.

To ensure the longest possible lifespan, store your jewelry in a dry, air-tight area. Before storing, use a soft polishing cloth to remove any oxidation and perform a thorough cleaning. We've found it's helpful to occasionally remove any skin oils by rinsing with warm water and buffing with a soft polishing cloth.

Regularly clean your jewelry with mild soap and a soft pat dry. Don't rub!

On occasion, individual body chemistries can react with gold filled metals and cause a reaction. Pregnancy, thyroid disorders, hormone levels, medications and more can affect body alkalinity and may cause a reaction with your piece. It's definitely random and difficult to predict, but please contact us if you have any questions!

Gold Filled

Gold filled is a pressure bonded layer of gold that has 100 times more gold than plated jewelry. It is incredibly durable, tarnish resistant, won't chip or flake, and is a great alternative to solid gold jewelry at a much better price point. It looks gorgeous, and will last for years when cared for properly. Rather than a minuscule coating of gold plating, gold filled has a significant layer of 14k gold. By law, gold filled must contain at least 5%, or 1/20, of gold by weight. As a result, gold filled is more expensive and lasts longer than gold plated, which contains less than 5% of solid gold. 

Sterling Silver

Sterling silver is a 92.5% pure silver often with copper as the remaining metal and is considered a precious metal. Although sterling silver is tougher than solid silver, it is softer than gold filled metal and can scratch easily if not properly cared for. Even the most expensive sterling silver tarnishes in the natural course of events. A chemical reaction between the sterling silver and the air, and any chemicals that come into touch with it, causes tarnishing. Your skin oils may actually aid in the preservation of sterling silver; wearing your jewelry often may help against tarnishing!

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