At Serpent Rouge I endeavor to use materials that not only have minimal impact on the earth but also result in a piece of art that will last a lifetime, this is why I only use recycled Stirling Silver and 9ct Gold and do not offer gold plating/vermeil. (I'm all about that heirloom life and no matter how 'showerproof' they spin it gold plating is single use)
Both silver and gold are quite soft metals so expect them to scratch a bit with everyday wear, I personally think this adds to their charm as they mold to your everyday life (go look at grandmas wedding band, bent and worn from a lifetime of love) Everyday wear is the best way to to stop your jewels from tarnishing, though your natural oils/ph and moisturizers/sunscreens may cause some discolouration.
Ultrasonic cleaners can be a good investment but take heed, not all gemstones are created equal and some are not safe in there. The safest way to clean your jewellery is with warm water, dish soap, a soft toothbrush and a little bit of elbow grease.
if you’re unsure about anything please don’t hesitate to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org