This is a question that I get incredibly often. That’s why I would like to tell you more about the materials and why I’ve chosen these materials to work with in this first blog post. Do you want to know of which material your jewellery piece is made? Then keep reading.
You finally found the perfect pair of earrings, but after wearing it a couple of times, they start to get darker. Do you also find this so frustrating? I definitely do! When I started making my own jewellery, I thought it was important that the items wouldn’t discolour quickly. I also wanted the jewellery to be affordable. That’s why I started looking for materials that met these requirements. During my search, I came across silver and gold. Although silver and gold are of a good quality, these materials were too expensive for what I had in mind. In the end, I chose stainless steel and silver/gold plated materials.
The majority of the jewellery is made from stainless steel. It’s affordable and the great advantage of this material is that it doesn’t discolour. You can enjoy it a lifetime! How great is that?! What many people don’t know is that stainless steel can become dull. Many people think that their jewellery is discolouring, while this is not the case. By polishing the dull jewellery item with a cloth, it will shine again and be as good as new!
I also regularly work with silver/gold plated materials. This is usually copper with a real layer of silver or gold. There are big differences in the quality of plated materials. Sometimes the layer of silver or gold that is used is so thin that it immediately wears off. I only work with silver/gold plated materials where this layer is thick enough. So if it comes into contact with water once, your jewellery will not immediately turn dark! Although some caution with this material is required of course!
No matter how thick the layer of real silver or gold is, it can unfortunately always wear off. That’s why it’s important to handle your jewellery with care. If you do this, you can enjoy it for a long time. Do you want to know more about how you can keep your plated jewellery items beautiful? Then you should read this blog post.
Why I use two types of materials
But you’re probably wondering why I don’t use stainless steel for all jewellery? Although stainless steel definitely has my preference, I can’t always use this material. Stainless steel has to be cut out, which makes it hard to make for example charms with many details. In such cases, I go for silver/gold plated materials.
Finally, I want to let you know that all jewellery pieces are nickel free! So if you have a nickel allergy, you can safely wear the jewellery items of Essentialistics!
Do you have more questions about the materials that I didn’t answer in this blog post? Then leave me a message and I will answer you as soon as possible.