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CARE GUIDE

At Avant Studio, The labels we carry use different metals and methods in their manufacturing. You will find the type of metal content and method of your specific product in the details section of the product page. If you have any metal allergies, we recommend reading about the details of the different jewellery creating and care techniques in the information below. If you have any queries, please email us at hello@avantstudio.com.au

Re-plating service:  If by chance you wish to re-plate your jewellery piece between 3-6 months after purchasing, please contact us at hello@avantstudio.com.au with your proof of purchase. Please note, return shipping will be at the expense of the customer. The service fee will be a flat rate of $15 + shipping. 

 

Gold Plating

Most pieces we carry at Avant Studio will be electroplated with 18K Gold on sterling silver. When gold plating, the base is dipped in liquid gold to form layers of gold. With regular care and storage, your pieces will last well. If exposed boiling water, harsh detergents, oils and perfumes, eventually the coating will wear down, leaving you with a paler shade of gold, closer to its silver base.

To extend the lifetime of the plating, as well as avoiding oils and detergents, we suggest removing when exercising, in saunas and hot baths. Casual exposure to water is suitable but we suggest cleaning after each use. Clean your plated jewellery with a dry cotton ball or a soft cloth to remove any dust and dirt it has acquired and store in its original packaging. 

 

Solid Gold

Solid gold jewellery has the highest in price and purity. Solid gold’s value comes from its radiant colour and shine. It is also highly valued because it doesn’t tarnish or fade with time. Pure solid gold is very malleable and soft and is therefore often mixed with other alloys (golf filling) to increase its durability for every day pieces. To clean your solid gold pieces, use soap and warm water with a soft bristled brush.

 

Gold Filled

Gold filled material is the closest option to solid gold. Gold-filled is constructed in two or three layers. The core metal can be brass, copper or silver. A gold alloy is bonded to one or both surfaces of the metal core with heat and pressure. Unlike plated or “dipped" metals, Gold-filled is legally required to contain 5% or 1/20 gold by weight. This 5% is then described by the karat-age of the gold alloy. Usually made with 14k gold, gold filling  is hard wearing. With reasonable care it will not peel or flake, and should last as long as solid 14k gold jewellery. It is safe for most people with metal allergies. Care for your gold filled jewellery in the same way you would for solid gold but ensure you air dry after cleaning. Excessive moisture when stored can reduce the lifetime of the piece.

 

Vermeil

Gold Vermeil (pronounced vur-MAY) will always have a core alloy of .925 sterling silver that has been expertly plated with a thick layer of 14k-24k gold. This layer has to be at least 2.5 microns in thickness to qualify as Vermeil. Gold Vermeil is the perfect option for those with metal allergies due to the durable thickness of the gold combined with the base of sterling silver. The thickness of the gold layer is what sets vermeil apart from simple gold plated pieces, making it extremely durable To care for your vermeil pieces, gently buff with a dry cotton cloth and store in original packaging.

 

 

Sterling Silver

Chosen for its strength and beauty, sterling silver has a lifetime of durability. Sterling silver is an alloy of silver containing 92.5% by weight of silver and 7.5% The addition of copper makes silver strong and durable. The number “925” is used to specify that a metal is sterling silver. We suggest using a polishing cloth with your silver pieces to keep them shiny and clean.