At Melanie Mirabel we use high quality material for our jewellery, and we are constantly aiming to improve our quality and are putting all our attention to personalized customer service also after each purchase for any kind of custom creations, questions and claims.
925 Sterling Silver
All our silver jewelry is made of 925 Sterling Silver (the number 925 on the charm is the quality stamp). Sterling Silver is a precious metal that will naturally tarnish over time. Please not, this not related to its quality, it is a natural reaction of the metal to the oxygen in the air. However, the good thing is, that Sterling Silver can always be brought back to shine.
We recommend to treat your jewellery carefully and in case your jewellery does fade, we share with you the tips that you can see below.
Gold and Rose Gold Plated Materials
All our Gold and Rose Gold chains are made 925 Sterling Silver as its base and coated with a 22k gold or rose gold plate. And our charms are made of 925 Sterling Silver as its base and coated with a 24k gold or rose gold plate. Some of our charms made of high-quality stainless steel. In every product we indicated the exact details of the used materials in the product description.
Gold plated jewellery is NOT gold jewellery.
Gold plating is a method of depositing a thin layer of gold onto the surface of the base metal (in our case onto a Solid Sterling Silver Base or Stainless Steel).
The layer naturally makes plated materials more sensitive than 925 Sterling Silver and Solid Gold Materials and it may rub off with the time due to the constant contact to your skin and to sweat, water and perfume.
However, on the other side Gold plated is significantly cheaper than Solid Gold and allows to offer you quality gold appearing jewellery to be more affordable. Gold plating comes in different levels of quality, depending on the thickness and purity of the gold coating, the base metal used for the piece and the quality of craftsmanship. Please consider that when comparing the prices and materials with other jewellery brands.
Therefore, we recommend everyone who is sensible about gold plated material and who is searching jewellery with longlife quality to choose our Solid Sterling Silver or Sold Gold Jewellery
Melanie Mirabel also offers you in her Exclusive Collection Solid Gold Jewellery. As pure Gold is too soft for jewellery making, it is therefore alloyed (mixed with other metals) to improve its durability. And because gold jewellery is usually sold in alloy form, it is important to know how much pure gold it contains. We indicate in every product description all details for you.
Anything made of Solid Gold is very expensive because it's so valuable and that explains the significant higher prices in our collection. However Solid Gold is the most precious metal that due to its pure quality and value will last a lifelong.
There are two common systems (known as “Fineness Marking”) for indicating gold content in jewellery:
1) the Karat System
Especially used in the US and is based on the number of “karats” of gold contained in each alloy
- • 18K = 75% Pure Gold
- • 12K = 50% Pure Gold
- • 9K = 33% Pure Gold
2)the Numeric System
Especially used in the European Countries that indicates the amount of pure gold a basis of parts of one thousand
- • 750 Gold: 18K gold (75% pure gold that means it is 750 parts out of 1000)
- • 585 Gold: 14K Gold (58.5% pure gold old that means 585 parts out of 1000)
- • 333 Gold: 9k Gold (33.3% pure gold that means 333 parts out of 1000)
Our Tips how to care and clean your jewellery
1. Remove your jewelry when you shower, swim or do sports. Chlorine, acids and sweat can cause chemical reactions and can lead to a change in the surface of your jewelry.
2. Same with perfume and creams. Their ingredients such as Alcohol harms the jewelry. If you apply perfumes and creams, wait until they are well absorbed and then put on your jewelry afterwards.
3. If you are not wearing your jewelry, it’s better store it in an air-tight bag or wrap it in aluminum foil, which both protects the jewelry from oxidation, it’s like magic! That way even long storage is not a problem. So make sure you don’t hang your jewelry on a stand for a long time without any protection
How to clean your Sterling Silver Jewelry
1. Soapy Water
If you do not have specific cleaning liquid for Sterling Silver the easiest way to clean your jewellery is to take some warm water and add a drop of dish washer or mild soap. Dip the jewellery into the soapy water for some minutes, then rinse it well with clear water and dry it well with the a soft polishing cloth or soft paper towel.
2. Baking Powder or Bicarbonate of Soda
A magic trick when it comes to the cleaning of silver is conventional baking soda or bicarbonate of soda powder. Simply stir a thick paste with a little water and wipe it with a damp sponge on your jewel. After rubbing the paste a little - and very carefully - you should rinse it off with clear water and hey presto, it looks like new.
How to clean Gold Plated Jewellery
As explained above there is a layer of gold over the base metal and therefore the material is much more sensible also when it comes to cleaning. We recommend not to use solutions that are specifically made for sterling silver or to use hard cleaning brushes or rough polishing cloths to avoid scratches.
Better us a gentle jewellery cleaning pad or cloth and maybe use a very soft toothbrush to reach the more intricate parts of the jewellery, i.e. to clean the chain with its tiny links. All this has to be done very carefully in order not to rub off the gold layer.