We design and handmade all our jewelry in our studio in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
All of our jewelry are made from recycled copper or brass heavy-plated in 18k gold or rhodium. Earring posts are made from 999 pure silver. All stones used in our jewelry are genuine and natural. Our plated jewelry has a protective finish to prolong the life of the plating. Artefaks plated jewelry should hold its plating for years if the wearer takes proper care of the piece.
Caring for Artefaks pieces can be simple and easy when remembering a few things (see below).
Remove your jewelry during certain activities such as cleaning, swimming, applying lotion and exercising. Avoid letting your jewelry come into contact with harsh household chemicals like hairspray and chlorine, and make sure to store your jewelry in a safe dry place. If your Artefaks pieces need to be cleaned, you can use some mild soap and warm water with a soft cloth. If the jewelry comes in contact with water, perfume, sweat, or any other form of moisture, be sure to wipe and dry the piece. Another great tip is to use a protection spray that will preserve the jewelry.
Please note that certain stones are more delicate than others. Opals, Turquoise and Pearls need some extra attention to keep them in their best condition. These delicate stones should only be cleaned with soft cloth or with finger. Opals can easily crack or damage from extreme changes in temperature, and pearls should be stored flat and separate from other objects that may scratch their surface. A good wipe down of your stones after wear can also help to avoid any buildup of oils or other substances.
Our plated jewelry has a protective finish to prolong the life of the plating and should hold it’s plating for years if the wearer takes proper care of the piece. However please bear in mind that plated jewelry can scratch, and lose its shine over time with wear and can be replated by a jeweler. Do not try to polish plated jewelry as it will remove the plating.
Lastly, always store your Artefaks jewelry in the box/pouch that comes with your order and put them in a dry area. Storing your pieces individually in soft pouches can help to avoid scuffs and scratches as well. The smallest amount of moisture in the air can lead to tarnishing. You can also place an anti-tarnish strip in the jewelry box or pouch for further protection.
By following these steps, the piece will not tarnish and look forever new.