All Maja Lava silver jewellery is made out of 925 sterling silver.
925 means that 92,5% out of 100% is pure silver. Since silver itself is rather soft, there is an alloy made, together with copper where copper holds 7,5% and silver 92,5%. This alloy is called 925 sterling silver.
Black – Oxidized silver
Black coloured jewellery is made out of silver. Due to a chemical process, the copper in the sterling silver alloy reacts and tarnishes, which makes the silver turn black.
However, this is a process that happens on a surface of the jewellery, while under that, the silver keeps it’s original silver colour. Therefor, with extensive wear, the surface layer will wear off, and the original silver will become visible, especially on places where there is friction.
Let me know if you would want to have your piece get oxidised again. I will do it for a small charge.
Most of Maja Lava pieces available through our webshop are sterling silver, 18K gold plated.
The plating we use is a heavy plating, with a 2 micron layer of gold.
This plating is made to last long and it wont wear off easily.
There are still a few pieces that you can order through our webshop which are made of gold.
These pieces are only made to order. Please expect three to four weeks for a golden piece to be made.
The gold we use is either recycled or Fairtrade.
It is also possible that we use your old gold as the material, melt it and make a new piece out of it. Contact us if you would want to know more about this option (this option is only possible if you live in the Netherlands).
In the description of the item it is clearly pointed if a piece is gold plated silver or just gold. Still, if you are doubting which is the case, please send us an email.
Occasionally, I also use Fairtrade gold and silver.
The Fairtrade silver comes in an alloy with Palladium, which gives it a slightly cooler, grey tone.
(the pieces made for the exhibitions in the Botanical Gardens in Utrecht, Netherlands, are all made out of Fairtrade gold & silver)
Each product has a description pointing out if a piece is silver, gold plated or 14K gold. If you have any doubts concerning this, please contact me through email.
Please take care of your jewellery.
Avoid contact with chemicals, perfumes, shampoos, sea or chlorine water.
When you are not wearing it, keep the jewellery out of the sun, preferably in a jewellery box.
All Maja Lava jewellery comes with a nice gift box which is perfect for storing it.
Clean the sterling silver and gold with a polishing cloth or with a soft brush under running water.
Dry well and keep dry!
And most important, wear it with joy!!!
All Maja Lava jewellery is handcrafted, designed and made in the Netherlands.