Rustic Metal Creations Personalized Jewelry > FAQ > Jewelry Care

I have clearly listed materials and metal used in all items in my shop and I carry a vast array of designs and they appeal to many tastes and budgets. I always give as much information as possible for you to make an informed decision.

  • ~ Removing any type of jewelry off during bathing, swimming, hot tub, working out, prolonged sun exposure, rough handling, sky diving.. etc. (excludes stainless steel)

  • If you are not wearing your piece, store it in an air tight container or zip lock bag in a drawer, never in your bathroom. (humidity, steam) (excludes stainless steel)

  • ~ Excessive perspiration (the metal absorbs our natural body oils) and contact with water will enhance the oxidation / tarnishing effect. (excludes stainless steel, it doesn't tarnish)


Jewelry should be stored in a cool dry place. The box or pouch it came in is a perfect place to store. A zip lock bag will help prevent tarnishing of metals and keep the metals and stones from being scratched. Prolonged exposure to air will cause silver to tarnish.

About Tarnishing

Tarnishing of materials is the natural process of wearing Jewelry. Our body produces natural acids in some people its stronger than others... so tarnishing may vary with each person. Use a polish cloth to brighten items.

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Sterling Silver:
I use pure 92.5% sterling silver . Sterling silver naturally tarnishes. This is the nature of this metal as part of the composition is Copper, roughly 7% , the industry standard for .925 Sterling Silver.

The rate of tarnish will vary from person to person. Sterling Silver is super easy to take care of. A polish cloth does the trick - keeps it tarnish and fingerprint free. How often you need to polish, again, will vary by person, once a week, once a month, etc..

14K Gold Fill
Gold filled is an actual layer of gold that is pressure bonded to brass.
Don't confuse Gold filled with gold plating as 'gold filled' has 100% more gold than gold plating.

Gold filled is much more valuable and is tarnish resistant. It does not flake off, rub off or turn colors. Anyone who can wear gold can wear gold filled without worries of any allergic reaction to the jewelry.

Caring for Gold Filled items is as easy as caring for any gold jewelry. Simply keep away from chemicals, clean regularly with mildly sudsy water, rinse well and pat dry with a non-scratching cloth.

Stainless Steel
Stainless Steel pieces are non-tarnish, do not rust, and are super strong, wont easily bend and the easiest to maintain! The only maintenance is a quick wipe down with a damp cloth and then pat dry to remove build up a residue of body oils, sweat, etc. 304 grade stainless steel is considered hypoallergenic because the tiny amount of nickel is bound and non-reactive.

Pewter is a great alternative, not only does it have a nice weight and feel, but it doesn't tarnish as quickly as Sterling Silver does. You can simply use a damp cloth and then pat dry. Pewter has been around for centuries and is the 3rd most popular metal for jewelry after silver and gold.

Copper will deepen to a dark or warm brown, as that is the organic nature of that type of metal, giving it a rustic look and feel. However, showering with copper jewelry will make it turn black pretty quick. You can polish them with a soft polish cloth or use Penny Brite or Maas Metal Polish.

Brass will darken, but not as much as Copper. Brass is considered corrosion resistant., but you can always polish it back up with a polish cloth, Penny Brite or Maas Metal Polish.

Gold Plated A thin coat of 16k gold plate over brass. Plated jewelry is a wonderful, affordable way to add a sophisticated look, with the 'look' of real gold. It is also a great choice for those with skin sensitivities.

Rose Gold Plated A thin coat of 16k rose gold plate over brass.
Plated jewelry is a wonderful, affordable way to add a sophisticated look, and is very much on trend right now. It is also a great choice for those with skin sensitivities.

Silver plated items usually only have a thin coat of silver.