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The Queen Of Metals

Give your silver jewellery some TLC, too.
The Queen Of Metals Give your silver jewellery some TLC, too.

Remember when one piercing was not enough? In the '90s, from ears to belly buttons to toes, girls were adorning themselves with silver accessories, taking cue from the emerging Hip Hop legions as well as Hollywood muses.

Today, silver has taken a turn for the trendier, albeit still precious, side of the jewelry spectrum. Michelis owner and jewellery designer Sanya Faustmann shares some lessons about silver, the queen of metals.

Born with a silver spoon
Once traditionally reserved for the noblemen, this illustrious metal has long been prized as gifts to mark some of life's milestones. (Think of how Tiffany & Co. has a silver something for every occasion.) “Silver jewellery is actually made from sterling silver,” says Sanya. “It's usually 92.5 per cent pure silver and only 7.5 per cent alloy that make sterling silver,” she adds. This makes it easier to mould and shape without sacrificing the beauty and shine of the metal.

Silver versus Stainless Steel
A lot of people still think that stainless steel is better than silver. For one, the former does not oxidize or tarnish. Second, it is shinier and more scratch-resistant. (Ed's note: The type used for jewellery is different from the stainless steel used in kitchen appliances.) However, “silver has more value than stainless steel,” Sanya asserts. “Stainless steel is a lot cheaper and the whole look of it is just different.”

Caring for Silver
“All silver is prone to oxidation and tarnishing due to elements in the environment that react with the metal,” shares Sanya. Our expert imparts some tips on how to care for silver jewellery:

Protect. Take care not to expose your pieces to alcohol from perfumes, chlorinated or salt water, and other acids as these hasten the oxidation process.

Polish. Take time to gently clean your jewellery with a soft non-abrasive cloth after wearing and before storing. Heavier stains should be treated with specialist cleansers as other metal cleaners may be too abrasive and actually cause more harm than good.

Store. Keep your jewellery in a cool dark place, preferably in an air-tight container. Wrap each piece separately to avoid scratching surfaces.

The Michelis touch
Michelis has become a trusted name and has been providing the Filipino market with sterling silver jewellery and gift items. Interestingly, the brand has moved away from traditional methods of production to more modern and environment-friendly methods. “All our products are trademarked and recognized by The Federal Trade Commission for their high quality,” Sanya says.

Michelis is located at Greenbelt 5, Ground Floor Lobby of Mandarin Oriental Manila, Rustan's Alabang Town Center, Rustan's Tower Shangri-La Plaza, Rustan's Robinsons Place Manila, The Podium, The Block SM North, Mega Atrium SM Megamall and SM City Cebu.

Click on to see the eco-friendly designs of Michelis.

-Nikki Santiago, Fashion Assistant

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