Decimononic’s jewels have been designed to last. We are pleased to provide you with this care guide, follow it and enjoy your jewelry pieces for a lifetime (at least).
1.- Anodized titanium 101
What is titanium?
Named for the Titans, the first sons of the Earth goddess, Titanium is a reactive metal (as opposed to ‘stable’ metals like Platinum (Pt), gold (Au) and silver (Ag) that have little or no reactivity to the elements around them). Reactive metals are defined by their sensitivity to their environment and because of this reactive property they exist in nature as compounds, not as discrete elements, and are never found in pure form.
As strong as steel but weighing 45% less, titanium is hypoallergenic and naturally lead and nickel-free.
Are the colors of anodized titanium jewelry durable?
As far as the oxide layer does not suffer any damage (scratches, friction, etc.), colors are definitive.
2.- Nautilus Collection care tips
Most of the pieces of this jewelry collection combine titanium and freshwater cultured pearls. Correct handling, use and cleaning are mandatory to ensure its durability and beauty.
How should I clean my anodized titanium jewelry?
If necessary, soak the jewelry in a solution of warm water and mild soap for a brief moment in order to remove dirt, very gently rubbing the metal with the fingertips. However, do not scrub the pieces as hard rubbing may damage its oxide layer, which gives the piece its color.
Do not leave titanium to air dry if you don’t want your jewelry to look spotted afterwards. Pat the items dry with a clean, very soft towel to blow your pieces dry. Another smart options are using a gas duster (also known as can of compressed air) or a hair dryer.
Avoid metal cleaning solutions or polishing cloths of any type when cleaning titanium. These products may have an abrasive action that will damage the oxide layer of titanium (and probably the nacre layer of the pearls).
Extra conservation tips
- Ideally, do not use hairspray, make-up of, perfume or sunscreen on areas that are adorned with jewelry (cosmetics and perfumes all conspire to cloud the brilliance of precious metals and gemstones). In any case, if you apply any comestics do it before putting on your pearls and let it dry first. Remember: last on, first off.
- Use common sense when wearing your jewelry and avoid impact damage by removing your titanium jewelry when engaging in activities that can expose your items to the risk of bumps, hits and damage, like sleeping, showering, washing or swimming, among others.
- Storage is very important: keep jewelry in separate bags, away from other hard items that may scratch surfaces, and remember that a container that locks out air is not a good idea for pearls.
- Never clean your pearls with solutions that contain ammonia or harsh detergents.
- Don’t under any circumstances put pearl jewelry in an ultrasonic cleaner. The vibrations can severely damage the nacre coating.
- Don’t use abrasive cleaners or rub pearls with an abrasive polishing cloth. Both can wear away the nacre coating, leaving you with a dull looking bead.
- If in doubt, do nothing with your pearls. It’s better to err on the side of caution than to over clean and ruin your jewelry. As long as you store your pearls properly and wipe them down gently after use, they should look beautiful for generations.
- Wear your pearls often. Pearls do best in a moist environment, so wearing them frequently keeps them from drying out.
- Please, keep in mind that Decimononic jewelry pieces are not intended for children or pets.
Treat your jewelry pieces with care. Store them smartly, wear them gently and keep them clean, as this will let you enjoy them as long as possible!
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