Materials + Care

Learn more about our materials and how to keep your jewellery looking its best.

 Materials

All LEJEUNE jewellery is handmade from 925 Sterling Silver and 24k Gold Vermeil. Vermeil is a historical 18th Century French method of electroplating high karat gold over 925 Sterling Silver. Standard plated jewellery uses various base metals and has no minimum depth, yet for an item to be considered Vermeil it can only have Sterling Silver as base metal, a minimum of 14k gold purity and the layer of gold must be at least 2.5 microns thick. We use hardened 24k gold plated Sterling Silver to give a warm and rich gold. 

Care
Occasionally skin pH can intensify the changes in jewellery. 925 Sterling Silver can tarnish and although Gold Vermeil is far more durable than standard plating, its natural that it is still susceptible to wear and fading over time. We recommend you remove jewellery prior to showing, exercising and do not come into contact with harsh chemicals (such as perfumes, lotions etc) as this will accelerate the metal oxidising. Clean gently with a soft cloth - do not rub vigorously. We recommend you store your pieces in their box or pouch when not in use to avoid scratches to the metal. Our 925 Sterling Silver earring posts are suitable for sensitive ears due to sterling silver’s low-reactivity to the human body. Sterling Silver posts are naturally soft due to the high silver content, so we recommend gently bending them back into shape if they’re accidentally bent.

Servicing - Plating + Polishing
Due to natural wear and tear over time, your jewellery may need to be professionally re-plated, polished or repaired. We offer access to our in-house restoration and repair service for any of our pieces. Please contact info@lejeune-store.com for further details.