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Materials and Cleaning

Welcome to a more in-depth description of the materials I have chosen to use and why I chose to use them and how to clean them, I hope you find this information helpful.

The materials I have used will always be noted in the description of the listed piece, if you have any questions, please contact me prior to purchase.

CHAINMAILLE

Base Metal chainmaille rings

Bright Aluminium (shiny silver) rings and Anodized Aluminium (coloured) rings are cost effective and lightweight which makes them great for people who don’t like heavy jewellery or for ring dense weaves like dragonscale. Clean by washing in warm soapy water, rinse well and allow plenty of time to dry.

Precious Metal chainmaille rings

Sterling Silver Filled (shiny silver) rings are a cost effective alternative to sterling silver, approx 40% cheaper without any benefit loss in my opinion. Clean the same as you would Sterling Silver, you can use a silver cleaning cloth or a non abrasive toothpaste applied with a soft bristled brush (very gently), rinse and dry thoroughly.

Niobium (coloured) rings are hypoallergenic and the perfect way to add some colour to precious metal pieces. Clean by washing in warm soapy water, rinse well and allow plenty of time to dry.

Findings

Earwires - I always use sterling silver ear wires in my base metal and precious metal earrings.

Clasps - Base metal pieces will generally have silver plated clasps, precious metal pieces will generally have Sterling Silver clasps.

Sterling Silver V Sterling Silver Filled

The MOST important thing to note is that Sterling Silver filled is NOT the same as silver plated. Sterling silver filled will tarnish just like sterling silver and as such should be cared for as you would any sterling silver piece.

STERLING SILVER - 92.5 percent solid silver mixed with 7.5 percent alloy such as brass, nickel etc.

SILVER FILLED - Is made by a mechanical process by forming a tube of .925 sterling silver and filling the tube with base metal. The silver content is 5% of 1/20 of the total wire

SILVER PLATED - silver plater metal has a very thin layer of silver on the surface of a base metal core, usually applied by the process of electroplating. Many times the silver layer may be only a few molecules thick.

As you can see below, the wire on the left is silver-filled (much thicker layer of sterling) and the wire on the right is silver-plated.

 

If you are allergic to silver-plate but are able to wear sterling silver, you should also be able to wear silver-filled without causing an allergic reaction.

Image from the Firemountain Gems website.

Credit for the above information goes to Wire Jewellery Bootcamp, Artfire, Aussiemaille, Chainweavers & Firemountain Gems.