It is completely natural for sterling silver to oxidize/patina over time when it’s exposed to air. Use a lint-free, 100% cotton cloth to give the piece a gentle wipe and it will shine right back up!
We strive to use the finest quality materials in the industry to craft each piece so that your Meridian Ave purchases can be treasured forever. 14k yellow gold vermeil and cubic zirconia stones are the primary materials in the Meridian Ave collection, with the exception of our fine jewelry section which is 14k solid gold. All of our earring posts are made of hypoallergenic sterling silver.
WHAT IS VERMEIL, YOU ASK?
Vermeil (pronounced: ver-may) is sterling silver that has been gold-plated.
Though our gold plating is beautifully thick and it’s certainly tempting to wear your Meridian Ave Jewelry all the time, we recommend removing when doing any of the following activities excessively:
- Showering, bathing or washing your hands.
- Exercising (the salt in your sweat affects the plating)
- Applying perfumes, lotions, oils etc.
- Swimming (chlorine can often have a negative effect on plating over time)
- Cleaning – especially with harsh chemicals
If you’re unsure whether it’s a good idea to wear your jewelry in a given situation, we recommend choosing the safer option and remove it! Following these practices help to guarantee a longer life-span of your jewelry.
HOW DO I MAINTAIN MY SOLID GOLD PIECES?
We proudly handcraft each 14k solid gold piece one-by-one at the time it is ordered. We offer a lifetime limited warranty and will repair any solid gold accessory as long as it has no missing pieces.