001. GENERAL CARE
While we last longer than traditional jewelry, there are a few things to keep in mind.
General rule of thumb: All pieces are waterproof and chemical resistant, but be mindful of scratches. Refrain from contact with hard and rough surfaces. For this reason, we don’t recommend wearing rings and chains in the shower daily (too much inadvertent contact with loofahs and/or physical exfoliants).
Hand Sanitizer: Yes
Daily Handwashing: Yes
Shower: Mostly yes
Hot Yoga and Gym: No*
*Not tested thoroughly or high exposure to rough contact
Our stones are lab made and function just like mined gemstones. As such, be extra careful when washing hands, and rinse jewelry with clean water after contact with sweat, soaps, and shower gels.
002. CLEANING + MAINTENANCE
To clean: Rinse with water and a bit of dish soap. Gently pat jewelry dry with a soft clean cloth. Do not use chemical jewelry cleaning clothes. Do not polish.
003. DURABILITY + LONG LASTINGNESS
Ready-Made has tested more durable than traditionally made jewelry such as gold plated and gold vermeil jewelry, especially in our price range. This means your jewelry can come in normal contact with sweat, water, soap, and hand sanitizer.
WILL MY JEWELRY SCRATCH?
In heightened activity, micro scratches can develop that will contribute to less longevity and/or shine. Don’t drag your piece on rough surfaces. Wear gloves when lifting weights but we recommend taking jewelry off when in the gym. Do not scrub your jewelry with a loofah or dish sponge.
WILL MY JEWELRY BREAK?
Rings + Pendants
Rings and pendants should never dent and break. Please be mindful of what they come in contact with since our materials are stronger than most surfaces. Importantly, rough surfaces can also leave micro scratches on your pieces, shortening your jewelry’s longevity.
Some of our chains are very strong and we caution you to wear them carefully. Our chains are purposefully made so that in extreme cases of impact or pulling, they can still come apart. Our strongest chains are the Thick Rolo, Medium Rolo, Cable Link, and Oval Link styles, as well as any of our chunky statement chain necklaces. Our delicate chains are the 2mm Rope Chain and Box Chain styles — these will come apart if you tug on them. For everyday wear, we recommend the stronger styles.
WILL MY JEWELRY FADE?
Gold and Rose Gold Tones
With normal wear, your jewelry will never completely fade and lose its gold or rose gold treatment. However, depending on wear and activities, it could eventually turn from a 14k yellow gold or rose gold color to a lighter 10k gold or rose gold color. Keep in mind that our base metal has a darker, more bluish tint than other white metals and will reflect more blacks. This does not mean that your jewelry has faded.
Your jewelry is made completely out of Star Steel™ and the tone will remain unchanged.
For all three finishes, stay away from harsh chemicals and household supplies such as toner shampoos, glycolic acid body lotions, bleach, and windex. Occasional contact won’t cause damage (rinse after!), but we haven’t tested our pieces enough to know what prolonged exposure to such chemicals can do to them.
WILL MY JEWELRY RUST OR OXIDIZE?
No, never. We don’t use metals like sterling silver, brass, bronze, or copper that react with oxygen. For gold and rose gold pieces, keep in mind that our base metal has a darker, bluish tint than other white metals and will reflect more blacks. This does not mean that your jewelry has tarnished.
WHAT IS YOUR JEWELRY MADE OF? IS IT GOLD FILLED OR GOLD PLATED?
We don't use any gold or traditional jewelry metals ever. Instead, we rely on our Star Steel™ as a base (from the 316L medical grade stainless steel family), and as our gold and rose gold coating, a super strong ceramic that is found naturally only on the surface of asteroids. We make ours inside a vacuum. We don't plate our jewelry using traditional wet plating or heat bonding methods, and instead have adopted a technologically advanced coating process that uses no water or chemicals and emits no fumes.
WILL MY JEWELRY TURN MY SKIN GREEN?
No, never. Our pieces don’t contain any materials that will cause reactions that turn your skin gray or green.
IS MY JEWELRY SKIN SAFE?
Star Steel™ (from the 316L medical grade stainless steel family) is hypoallergenic (meaning it’s less likely to cause reactions) and the coating ceramic we use for our gold and rose gold pieces is biocompatible (won't harm living tissue). Both are used in medical tools and implants. Star Steel™ contains 8% nickel - however, its composition doesn’t allow the nickel to react to skin the way it normally does, allowing it to be labeled as hypoallergenic. However, in fewer than 0.5% of cases, people with EXTREME nickel allergies will get a reaction. You will know if you’re that someone since you would have had experienced a reaction already (to something as common as a button).