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Materials and Care

On this page, we have added the materials we use and how to clean them for both transparency and inclusion. We hope that this will answer any questions you may have. If you are still unsure, please get in touch through the 'contact us' page, or email us at valajewels@gmail.com

 

Our manufacturer makes our earrings with high quality products. In saying that, we still advise you not to wear your earrings in water, when using cleaning products, lotions or when spraying perfumes as these chemicals can sometimes cause tarnishing. Not only will this keep your earrings from tarnishing, it will ensure they are safe away from these chemicals.

We suggest using a cleaning cloth to polish the jewellery. We will be offering these in store soon. We also suggest that you clean them after each time when wearing them so that they stay clean and in mint condition for every wear.

 

 

Copper is a metal that is soft and malleable, and is used in lots of jewellery making. It is a safe metal when choosing jewellery for sensitive skin. Wearing copper jewellery is not known to be damaging in any way - it is antimicrobial and anti-fungal, and is not harmful to skin. Copper can sometimes oxidise, giving it that green colour, but this is done to keep the metal safe, and is not harmful in any way. This should not happen to your earrings as they are plated, which should stop oxidisation but if it does, all that you need to do is wipe them with a clean cloth and it will disappear. 

To clean copper earrings, combine 1 teaspoon of salt into ½ cup of vinegar. Then add flour until the mixture becomes a paste-like substance. Rub into the brass and leave for around 10 minutes. Once the 10 minutes are up, rinse the brass with warm water and dry thoroughlyAgain, we also suggest that you clean copper earrings using a cleaning cloth to polish the jewellery after each time when wearing them so that they stay clean and in mint condition for every wear. 

 

 

Brass is mainly an alloy that consists of copper with zinc added. Brasses can have varying amounts of zinc or other elements added. These varying mixtures produce a wide range of properties and variation in colour. Increased amounts of zinc provide the material with improved strength and ductility.  Brass is durable, easy to clean, and will last for decades with proper care. As brass is made with copper, it is also possible for oxidisation to occur. As stated above, this should not happen to your earrings as they are plated. If it does, all that you need to do is wipe them with a clean cloth and it will disappear. 

To clean brass earrings, combine 1 teaspoon of salt into ½ cup of vinegar. Then add flour until the mixture becomes a paste-like substance. Rub into the brass and leave for around 10 minutes. Once the 10 minutes are up, rinse the brass with warm water and dry thoroughly. Again, we also suggest that you clean brass earrings using a cleaning cloth to polish the jewellery after each time when wearing them so that they stay clean and in mint condition for every wear. 

 

 

Titanium is a metal that is hypoallergenic. It is versatile, durable and comfortable to wear. It does not corrode or tarnish, meaning that it will never leave that green colour on your skin. It is usually the safest metal to choose if you have sensitive skin.

To clean titanium earrings, we suggest soaking the earrings in a solution of warm water and mild soap for several minutes to remove dirt. Next, soak them for a couple of minutes in ammonia or Windex and then finish by rinsing the earrings with water, and pat the items dry thoroughly with a clean, soft towel. Again, we also suggest that you clean titanium earrings using a cleaning cloth to polish the jewellery after each time when wearing them so that they stay clean and in mint condition for every wear. 

 

 

Zinc alloy is a metal that is safe for most people with sensitive skin. It contains copper and brass. When exposed to air, it can sometimes reacts with carbon dioxide to form zinc carbonate. The carbonate acts as a protective layer for zinc, stopping it from further reacting to water or air. This occasionally leads to the green colour on the jewellery and your skin.

To clean zinc alloy earringsJust mix a tablespoon of vinegar and a tablespoon of salt into a cup of hot water. Dip a toothbrush into the solution and gently brush the earrings and then finish by rinsing the earrings with water, and pat the items dry thoroughly with a clean, soft towel. Again, we also suggest that you clean zinc alloy earrings using a cleaning cloth to polish the jewellery after each time when wearing them so that they stay clean and in mint condition for every wear.