Materials and Care

   

 

Silver

Sterling silver or 925 is an alloy between 92.5% pure silver and 7.5% copper. This gives the silver more rigidity - otherwise it would be so soft that it would bend under normal use. We then silver-plate it with pure 999 silver to give it extra durability.

 

Care 

Silver turns black when it gets sulphated, that is, when it gets in contact with things that contain sulphur, such as jacuzzis, swimming pools, and cosmetics... The oils on our skin protect silver, so wear it a lot! And when you don't, keep it in our box so it's protected from airborne sulphur.

Sweat may contain some sulphur depending on your diet, although it's less common.

To clean your jewelry from dirt, sweat or grease, put some neutral soap in warm water and rub the piece with a soft toothbrush. Then rinse the jewelry with water and dry it with a clean and soft cloth.  

Vermeil Gold

Unlike normal gold baths, vermeil is made with a much thicker layer of gold over sterling silver (925), which gives the pieces that long-lasting golden color. It doesn't contain nickel or copper, the gold is directly on top of the solid silver.

To be considered vermeil, the base material has to be sterling silver, the gold layer must be at least 10k and 1.5 microns thick. We use 18k gold.

  

Care 

Vermeil can be worn perfectly every day, but it doesn't like sweat or water, so it's better if you take it off when taking a shower or during exercise. That way, its color will last a long time.

To clean it, you can use a clean, soft cloth. And if it is still dirty, put some neutral soap in warm water and rub the piece gently with a soft toothbrush. Rinse, dry well and store in our packaging.

Coatings, unlike solid gold, don't last forever. If you want us to bathe the jewel again or if you think it lost its color too soon, please send us a message to support@tot-em.com

Stainless Steel

The stainless steel jewelry is made of iron, carbon and chrome. The stainless steel jewels are pieces of extraordinary quality and durability. It is also a hypoallergenic material. It is resistant to corrosion, oxidation and heat. 

 

Care 

As resistant as it is, there is one element that starts its corrosion: chlorine. And it's present in the sea, pools and some detergent. That's why it's best to remove your jewel instead of exposing it to these environments.

To clean it, put some neutral soap in warm water and rub the piece gently with a soft toothbrush. Rinse, dry well and store in our packaging.

Leather

Our relationship with leather is complicated, while we prefer not to use it for reasons such as:

* The greenhouse emissions generated by the livestock industry.

* The conditions of the animals in some cases.

We are also aware that leather is a waste product of the meat industry, and that as long as society continues to eat meat, this waste will continue to exist.

We have tried polymer imitations of leather, from mushrooms, pineapple fibres and grape stubble fibres, but they flake off, the conglomerates are eventually broken down or are unpleasant to touch. So for now we continue to use natural leather until we find a better alternative.

Our leather is Spanish cowhide and is made using vegetable tanning and it is hand-finished.  

 

Care 

To preserve it avoid contact with liquids and water, they can damage the piece and its color.

The color of the leather can be altered by its use, by being in contact with sunlight, air, sweat or humidity. 

If cracks appear, you can moisturize the leather by applying (uscented) moisturizing cream on the surface of the leather. Spread the cream well over the entire surface. The leather becomes darker, wait for it to dry and it will return to its original color. You can remove the resting cream with a clean and dry cloth.

Wood

The Tot-ems are made of top quality bubinga wood obtained in a sustainable way (European Wood Regulation 995/2010, registration code AEIM/MAD-SDD 189). Bubinga wood slowly darkens naturally over time.

For every wooden Tot-em you buy, we plant a tree (at no extra cost for you) that will absorb 20 kg of CO² per day. Thus, we help each other to reduce our ecological footprint.

 

Care 

The wood has a polyurethane varnish on the outside that is resistant to light, water and friction, but it is better not to shower with your Tot-em every day because water can get into the hole and eventually rot the wood.

 

 

 

 

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