Care and Repair of your Bellaforma Jewelry:
Bellaforma creates with a variety of metals in our pieces. Read the description carefully to see what you are purchasing. We predominately use stainless steel 304 or 316L, for its awesome non-tarnishing, non-discoloring qualities, some pieces are .925 sterling silver, and some components are made with quality pewter.
Sterling silver (stamped .925) can be easily polished and restored to its original luster...If you desire anything with sterling silver please let us know as this is always an option. We use a product called Maas metal polish to keep our sterling pieces looking great. Try the French Lavender scent, you can find it on Amazon. Please keep in mind sterling silver will be a higher cost.
Stainless steel 304 or 316L grade are favorites of ours, the metal does not discolor, tarnish or oxidize much like your stainless steel cutlery. It has a modern sleek look and we love to use it in our collections for everything... from chains, earrings bracelets, chokers and necklaces AND especially our men's collection. We are active people who like the outdoors and adventures and are drawn to stainless steel for its durability and style. High quality stainless steel always looks as beautiful as it is durable and affordable. To clean stainless steel DO NOT use anything other than warm water and mild dish washing soap, nothing abrasive as it may scratch certain components.
If you purchase any Bella jewelry that states plated silver...these pieces will not have the longevity of sterling silver or stainless steel. However, if you care for them properly you can prevent tarnishing for quite a while. Oxidization/tarnishing occurs when the materials in plated silver are exposed to air, salt, light, humidity or moisture. So to prevent this DO NOT get your plated jewelry wet or leave it in the bathroom exposed to steam. DO NOT leave it in direct sunlight when you aren't wearing your jewelry. Try to keep it in a dark place like a jewelry box between wearings and if you can store it in an anti tarnish cloth or bag even better.
Some people suggest coating your plated silver with clear nail varnish to slow down oxidation....that's up to you. When you remove your jewelry you can wipe it down with a clean soft cloth to remove any traces of salt and oils that can get transferred from the skin while being worn.
If you purchase from us and need a repair done...NO PROBLEM...this happens when a piece is dropped, a stone or glass bead cracks or chips OR a child gets a hold of a stretch bracelet and tries to make the dog wear it as a necklace and oops there it goes!
Send us an email at sandra@bellaformajewelry and we will give you instructions to mail back and the nominal service fee to fix. If we don't have an identical bead or stone we will do our best to match and send you photos. You will be responsible for shipping costs.