Did you know there are over 90 known metals that exist on this planet? While most of them are not used in the jewelry industry, there are about 10 metals that jewelers typically work with. These metals are:

  • Gold
  • Silver
  • Copper
  • Platinum
  • Stainless Steel
  • Brass
  • Palladium
  • Titanium
  • Niobium
  • Tungsten

Below you’ll find everything you need to know about the most common metals used in the jewelry industry, which metals you might be allergic to, and exactly WHY certain metals may cause green skin discoloration.

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GOLD

Solid Gold, also known as karat gold, is one of the most precious and coveted metals on the planet. But did you know that most gold used in jewelry is NOT actually pure gold? Because solid, pure 24 karat gold is soft and highly sensitive, it is usually mixed with other metals to 

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14K GOLD-FILLED JEWELRY

Right after solid gold, gold-filled jewelry is the next best gold metal. Gold-filled jewelry will never tarnish and the gold will never fade if you take proper care of them.

  • May be worn 24/7
  • May be worn while swimming, showering, or working out
  • Can be cleansed with mild soap and warm water, or, a non-abrasive polishing cloth
  • May also be cleansed with lemon juice and a toothbrush if it gets more dirty than a little bit
  • Avoid jewelry cleaning solutions with harsh chemicals
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18K GOLD PLATED JEWELRY

Gold plated jewelry contains a layer of real karat gold over another metal, such as brass, stainless steel, or sterling silver. Gold Plated jewelry in The Grotto is long lasting,  water safe, and tarnish free. 

  • May be worn while swimming, showering, or working out, but avoiding liquids will significantly prolong the life of plating
  • Can be cleansed with mild soap and a toothbrush, but be sure to dry thoroughly and immediately after cleansing
  • Avoid jewelry cleaning solutions that are not specifically designed for plated jewelry
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COPPER JEWELRY

Copper is a pure metal, and may be worn all day, everyday. Two types of copper jewelry may be found in The Grotto: solid copper and copper electroformed pieces. Solid copper pieces are made with solid copper wire or chain, and copper electroformed pieces are made with solid copper, and a fun plating process that involves electricity. 

  • copper will oxidize or tarnish with everyday wear, and exposure to water, but it can be easily cleaned through various methods.
  • Easiest cleansing method is a 10 minute lemon juice soak / salt scrub with a toothbrush
  • You can find other copper cleansing methods on your search engine of choice
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BRASS JEWELRY

Brass jewelry may also be worn 24/7, and care is very similar to that of copper jewelry. (Brass is a mixture of copper and tin)

  • It’s best to remove brass jewelry before any activities involving moisture, but it’s okay if you slip up and forget
  • brass will oxidize or tarnish with everyday wear, and exposure to water, but it can be easily cleaned through various methods.
  • Easiest cleansing method is a 10 minute lemon juice soak / salt scrub with a toothbrush
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