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Ethically Sourced

As a designer and crafter it is important to me that the materials I use are ethically sourced whenever possible.

The 18K gold I work with comes from refiners on the LBMA (London Bullion Market Association) good delivery list, EICC/GeSI conflict –free compliant smelter list, certified members of the Responsible Jewellery Council or refiners which certify and independently audit that all gold supplies are conflict free, in accordance with one of the following standards: RJC chain of custody standard, OECD Responsible Supply Chain of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High Risk Areas Supplement or the World Gold Council Conflict-Free Standard.

The Argentium silver I work with comes from manufacturers which are approved by the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC). The RJC "Code of Practices addresses human rights, labour rights, environmental impact, mining practices, product disclosure and many more important topics in the jewelry supply chain." Argentium guarantees traceability of its raw silver. It is certified that Argentium is produced using only recycled silver and is therefore an ethically responsible choice, in terms of environmental impact.

Diamonds and gems come from suppliers that only offer ethically sourced stones, following guidelines like that of the Kimberley Process.

18K Solid Gold

Solid gold is the superior option if you prefer a gold tone. It is an investment that lasts forever and has great intrinsic value. All Amanda Hagerman solid gold is made using solid 18K due to its higher purity (75% pure gold) and rich brilliant yellow luster. Because 18K has a high purity, there is very little risk of skin irritation due to any metal allergies. Tarnish is also not an issue with solid gold. For any design not already listed in solid gold section, prices are available upon request: amanda@amandahagermanjewelry.com

Care:Clean with gold jewelry cleaner, alcohol, or water. All of my jewelry has a satin finish. To avoid altering the look of this finish, use a liquid gold cleaner as opposed to a polishing cloth. Solid gold jewelry may be cleaned in an ultrasonic cleaner. Store jewelry in a soft, dry location free from scratching against other jewelry pieces.

Silver

All Amanda Hagerman silver is crafted mostly from Argentium® silver. Argentium(.935) is more pure than Sterling silver(.925), brighter, hypoallergenic, nickel free, and extremely slow to tarnish under most conditions. It's also made entirely from recycled silver making it eco-friendly. Any non-Argentium components are crafted from either Sterling silver or fine silver(.999) and are noted in the materials description. All silver jewelry is NICKEL FREE.

Please visit www.argentiumsilver.com for more information regarding Argentium® silver.

Care: Clean with alcohol. Gently buff dry with a soft cloth (100% cotton or microfiber). Avoid harsh household cleaners and always remove jewelry prior to swimming. All jewelry has a satin finish. To avoid altering the look of this finish, DO NOT use a silver polishing cloth. Silver may be cleaned in an ultrasonic cleaner. Store jewelry in a soft, dry location free from scratching against other jewelry pieces.

Tarnish: In the case that a mild tarnish develops on the silver, use a liquid silver cleaner. I prefer Goddard's Silver Care Liquid Dip. This may be used on silver pieces AND two-tone designs that include vermeil.The liquid cleaner maintains the integrity of the matte finish on all of my work. Avoid silver polishing cloths as these tend to burnish and shine the surface, altering the look of the matte finish. For pieces with pearls or porous stones, gently swab piece with cleaner using a q-tip to avoid the stone. Always dry pieces extremely well after cleaning and spray canned air between layered pieces to remove any trapped moisture. Moisture welcomes tarnish. PURCHASE CARE PRODUCTS

14K Gold Vermeil

Vermeil, pronounced 'Ver-May', is a thick layer of gold over silver. I offer vermeil jewelry because it is the best quality gold plated finish at a more affordable price then solid gold for my larger designs. Gold plated and gold filled pieces are typically gold coated base metals (brass, steel, etc). Vermeil is intrinsically more valuable because the entire piece is made from precious metals. The industry standard for vermeil is 2.5 microns of gold over silver. At 3 microns thick, my jewelry is higher than the industry standard. All vermeil jewelry is NICKEL FREE.

Tarnish: Because vermeil is gold over silver, and silver tarnishes, it can develop a tarnished appearance over time. In the case that a mild tarnish develops, use Goddard's Silver Care Liquid Dip. NEVER use a polishing cloth or any type of abrasive tarnish removing products on vermeil.For pieces with pearls or porous stones, gently swab piece with cleaner using a q-tip to avoid the stone/pearl. Always dry pieces extremely well after cleaning and spray canned air between layered pieces to remove any trapped moisture. Moisture welcomes tarnish. PURCHASE CARE PRODUCTS

Care:Clean with alcohol. Gently buff dry with a soft cloth (100% cotton or microfiber). Avoid harsh household cleaners and always remove vermeil jewelry prior to swimming, or bathing.  Avoid using a gold polishing cloth on vermeil at all times. Store jewelry in a soft, dry location free from scratching against other jewelry pieces.

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