Many factors can influence the condition of your bracelet. Therefore you should make sure that your bracelet is properly cleaned, polished and stored. Please read through the care instructions to ensure your precious bracelets look to their best.
Please follow these steps to ensure your Stronger & Stronger bracelet lasts a lifetime. Always protect your bracelet from knocks, scratches, chemicals and extreme temperatures to minimise damage or wear. We recommend removing your jewellery when sleeping, showering, bathing and swimming in the sea or a pool with chlorinated water. Avoid spraying perfume or applying creams where they might come into direct contact with your bracelet.
Storage: To protect your bracelet, it should be individually placed into pouches or the soft lined box provided with the bracelet to stop them being scratched. Ideally, store your bracelet in a dark, cool and dry place and try to keep your jewels pieces separate from Stronger and Stronger bracelets so that they don't rub together.
Metal: Silver jewellery will naturally tarnish over time. Using the accompanying polishing cloth is an effective way to keep sterling silver as well as gold plated stainless steel* pieces shiny and lustrous. Do not use tissue paper or paper towels to clean pieces as they can cause scratching.
*Do not use polishing creams or polishing cloths on plated stainless steel jewellery, as it can remove the plating.
Plated Jewellery: Our stаinless steel bracelets are plated with 18k gold , thus their finishes are even more fragile. All jewellery is vulnerable to hard knocks. Bracelets can rub against bracelets of other brands and wear out. It is important to take care to extend the life of your bracelet.
Daily Chemicals Affect Your Gold Plated Jewellery
Perfumes, creams, lotions, and makeup all contain substances that can affect stainless steel plated jewellery. Some soaps and detergents are stronger and harsher than others. Certain fruits and vegetables are acidic. Some are more alkaline. The point is, any substance that isn’t PH neutral can potentially affect your plated jewellery. We can offer you a few suggestions for extending the life of your bracelet.
Nine Ways to Extend the Life of Your Gold Plated Bracelet
1. Wash your hands before putting on or taking off the plated bracelet.
2. Put on the plated bracelet after you have applied your perfume.
3. Put on your plated bracelet after you have applied lotion or put on makeup.
4. Take off your plated bracelet before chopping tomatoes for dinner.
5. Avoid rubbing plated bracelets of various brands against each other.
6. Do not swim in your plated bracelet. See below
7. Do not wear your plated bracelet when you will be sweating profusely.
8. Clean your plated bracelet gently, and do not rub it.
9. Store your gold plated bracelet in its original box and pouch or wrapped in a clean soft cloth separate from other jewellery.
Water can damage the plating
The chlorine and other chemicals added to swimming pools and hot tubs can also produce adverse effects. Regular swimming in sea/ocean water and swimming pools can speed up the breakdown of bracelet plating, due to the harsh impact of high amounts of salt and/or chlorine contained in those waters.
Perspiration and Your Personal PH level
Last but not least, one’s own body chemistry can be harsh on plating. Just like fruit, some people are more acidic than others. Depending on one’s diet and lifestyle, it is not uncommon for chemicals perspired through the pores of the skin to cause the plated bracelet to tarnish and discolor.
Cleaning Your Plated Bracelet
Plated jewellery should be cleaned periodically. Even if you’re sure your bracelet has not been exposed to any of the aforementioned substances, it has been in contact with your skin — which does perspire.
Wash plated bracelets with warm water. Use a mild soap only if necessary. Use the cloth provided with your bracelet, but, be gentle and don’t rub too hard. We’ve seen examples of gold plated bracelets where vigorous rubbing with a polishing cloth took off some of the gold plating.
Stronger & Stronger does not guarantee that its gold plated bracelets will last forever. Gold plated pieces are, by default, more fragile and liable to lose their color over time. For this reason, don’t despair if the thin layer of gold on your bracelet eventually wears off in spots. This speaks of your bracelet’s rich history/This shows your bracelet has a story.