Jewelry Information & Care
Nornir Materiel knows it's important to empower you with the knowledge to make the right choices in your jewelry, and to hopefully inspire confidence in our process. See our blog posts for a lot more information about the metals and materials used!
Our silver pieces are made from .925 Sterling Silver, which is an alloy made of 92.5% pure silver and 7.5% copper. Fine silver is too soft to make jewelry out of, and the copper makes it durable and suitable for everyday wear. Sterling Silver is susceptible to regular tarnish.
Almost all of our gold jewelry (except for a few Charms) is 14K Gold, which is a very high quality jewelry metal. It is also an alloy which makes the gold durable, sturdy, and more affordable. It is exceptionally resistant to tarnish!
Gold Plated vs. Gold Filled
We have some charms which are not full Gold. I'll go over the differences:
Gold Plating - an electric current is used to attract the gold ions to the negatively charged core metal, slowly forming a layer of gold on top.
Gold Filled - the core metal is sandwiched between two layers of gold alloy which is then heated and compressed, a process that bonds the metals together.
Gold Filled is a more durable form, and can last a lifetime. Some gold plating, like vermeil can also be very high quality. Our gold-filled pieces do not use cheap metals ensuring our jewels have the highest polish and quality. That of course it means the price may not be as low as gold plated (who often use Nickel and the cheaper metals inside), but you will hopefully have it twice as long, or more!
Cubic Zirconia crystals appear almost identical to diamonds, though they are man-made. Natural zircons are some of the oldest stones on the planet! Our Cubic Zirconia crystals are high quality and will return to their natural shine with easy cleaning. They are a nice alternative to diamonds when you’re on a budget!
I use lab-grown diamonds which are much kinder on the environment than natural ones typically are. The diamonds are all grade SI or better, meaning there may be small inclusions that will not be noticed by the eye. You can read more about lab grown diamonds in our blog posts.
Care for your jewelry
Reasonable wear should not cause unexpected tarnish or damage to your jewelry, I wear and test every element with non-stop daily wear before I let you spend your money on it! For the longest life:
We recommend to avoid exercising with your jewels; water and sweat are not friends of precious metals, though showering is not as harsh a process. If you do shower with your earrings in (and we know you will), be sure to rinse all products off well.
Regular cleaning should keep jewelry in good condition. Chemical products like lotions, perfumes, makeup, and hair sprays are also unsuitable. If necessary, put jewelry on AFTER those products.
Do not wear in pools. At all. Not only will these chemicals discolor the metal, but eventually the discoloration will lead to weakening and the chains may break.
When in doubt, use the LOFO rule...Last On, First Off
When removing the Threads, pull gently. If the Thread is looped through several piercings you MUST unthread one loop at a time, starting with the last one. The chains are delicate, and should not be pulled any harder than necessary.
Store your jewelry pieces separately, so that they don’t scratch or tangle. You can put your jewelry back in the box you received it. You can also use a non-scratching jewelry storage case. Store in a dry and cool place.
The nature of silver is that it will oxidize when it comes into contact with the pollution in the air. So all gold and sterling silver jewelry, no matter how or where it is made, will potentially tarnish. Dirt will also wear the metal down and weaken it, so it is best to clean regularly.
This can be easily addressed by cleaning your jewelry lightly with a soft polishing cloth in a back and forth motion, not circles. This should bring it back to its shiny state. To clean the Threads lay the Thread onto the cleaning cloth, then pick up a corner and gently caress the Thread with the cloth, sort of like you're petting a cat. Just go in one direction at a time.
Gold typically only requires gentle soap and lukewarm water and gentle brushing for a decent cleaning.