J. Sterling Jewelry is a bridge jewelry collection made from high-quality precious and semiprecious metals & materials. All items are hypoallergenic and lead & nickel free. Each product will have the specific materials of that item listed in the description. All of our gold (including rose gold) items are either 14K Gold-Filled or Gold Vermeil. All of our silver items are .925 Sterling Silver. See below for more information regarding each of these materials & for how to best care for your J. Sterling jewels & keep them looking great for years to come!
Gold-Filled metals are made by permanently heat-bonding a layer of 14K gold to an alloy/base metal core. Gold-Filled has 100 times the amount of 14K gold as plated jewelry. It is strong, durable, and resistant to tarnish – it will not flake off. This is true for both our yellow gold-filled & rose gold-filled products. Gold-Filled jewelry is legally required to be at least 5% or 1/20 gold by weight. This 5% is described by the karatage of the gold alloy on the surface. Most gold-filled material is 12K or 14K Gold-Filled. At J. Sterling Jewelry we don't use any Gold-Filled materials below 14K.
CARE: Wipe down your 14K Gold-Filled jewels regularly with a soft, dry cloth. Although 14K Gold-Filled jewelry is tarnish-resistant, it will still get dirty. The oils from your skin transfer to the metal and need to be washed off periodically. The easiest way to clean your Gold-Filled jewels is to lightly scrub it with an old soft toothbrush and lukewarm water. If you must use soap, use a mild shampoo or dish soap. Rinse well, pat dry, and air dry. Make sure your jewelry is completely dry before storing!
.925 Sterling Silver is an alloy made of 92.5% pure silver and 7.5% copper (the copper is added to strengthen the metal so it is more durable than pure silver). Some of our Sterling Silver pieces may also be plated with rhodium, to give it extra shine and durability. Rhodium is one of the costliest precious metals due to its rarity. Oxidation is a naturally occurring reaction of the metal alloy and common elements in the air and water that surround us. All Sterling Silver will need to be cleaned periodically to remove this discoloring. At J. Sterling Jewelry
we prefer to use .925 Sterling Silver for our silver items.
CARE: Wipe down your Sterling Silver jewels regularly with a soft, dry cloth. Sterling Silver can be sensitive to water, however the natural oils in your skin help to coat the silver and slow down the oxidation process, so it’s a great excuse to wear your jewels often! To best care for your Sterling Silver, clean your jewelry after each time you wear it to keep the tarnish, dirt, and oil buildup to a minimum. If it’s necessary for a deeper clean, polish your Sterling Silver with a paste of baking soda and water and a soft toothbrush in the palm of your hand. Rinse well and pat dry with a clean cloth. If your Sterling Silver is extremely tarnished, it can be covered in this baking soda paste and left overnight. The next morning, rinse well, use a soft toothbrush to get all the paste off, pat dry with a clean cloth, and let air dry. Make sure your jewelry is completely dry before storing. To prevent tarnishing between wearing, be sure to store your jewelry in a closed bag/box to slow the oxidation process & limit its exposure to air.
Best practices to get the most out of your J. Sterling jewels:
- To keep your jewelry clean, wipe down regularly with a dry, soft cloth.
- Never use jewelry cleaner on your J. Sterling Jewelry.
- Store your jewels in your J. Sterling jewelry pouch or inside an airtight box to avoid oxidation when not in use.
- For stretch bracelets: gently roll off your wrist to limit overstretching & remove when sleeping to avoid any unnecessary tugging that may occur. All elastic is pre-stretched to help prevent any stretch-out, however, this is a best-practice to limit wear & tear over time. While the elastic used in the bracelets is professional grade, the elastic and the coloring on the plastic letter beads are subject to fading & degradation over time.
- Expose to liquids at your own discretion, though we recommend removing your jewelry before exposing to any moisture, exercising, showering, swimming, etc. to simply get the most wear out of your jewels that you possibly can.
- Limit exposure to chemicals such as perfume, hairspray, and other harsh detergents.
- With proper care, your J. Sterling jewels can last for years to come! J. Sterling Jewelry is not liable for any damage to your jewels as a result of your own improper care.