Need to know what materials I use when making my jewellery? Especially which metals? Read on to find out more.
Here at Peppermint, I choose the highest quality silver plated chains, charms, settings & rings available - all lead & nickel free. (These are the 2 metals that cause the most common allergic reactions.)
For my solid sterling silver gemstone stud earrings & sterling silver earring hooks (used on all of my other earring styles), I also use the highest quality sterling silver findings available.
Does it tarnish?
Whichever you have - silver plated or sterling silver - it's important to know that it's natural for both metals to wear or tarnish over time. But don't worry - my tried & tested tips for caring for your jewellery are available on the web site, and I'll publish a short blog on this topic soon. I want you to get the most wear and enjoyment out of your jewellery and for it to become part of your history.
I also use the highest grade of gemstone available, while still being mindful of the price point and you, my customer's pocket. As gemstones are a natural, organic material, they will vary in colour, appearance & texture. While every effort is made to match the gemstones, some variances can be expected.
Glass & Resin
Additionally, a lot of the glass beads and glass / resin focals that I use are handmade and so no two pieces will be exactly alike. I think this only adds to the authenticity of a hand made piece, and hope you do too!
When you buy handmade jewellery, you can be sure that everything is made, usually by one individual (me!), from start to finish, by hand, with a focus on quality, finish and design.