Alexander Drake uses only authentic ancient Roman Denarii, which were the standard silver coin used in the Roman empire. Because of their authenticity, it is important to note that the purity of the silver content varied with political and economic circumstances. Beginning with a silver purity greater than 90% in the 1st century AD, the purity of the silver denarius varied widely thereafter. As such, a number of metal composition variations exist between our coins and will dictate how each individual coin reacts to various natural and chemical elements.
Tarnishing is natural and expected consequence of wearing these authentic pieces on a daily basis. In order to prevent damage to your coin through chemical cleaning solutions, please follow our care instructions below.
- To remove any tarnish, we recommend routinely using the provided polishing cloth to gently wipe this item clean then remove any remaining tarnish with mild diluted soap. Rinse with warm water and dry the design thoroughly before storing in the provided jewelry pouch.
- Try to avoid heavy exposure to chlorine. In our experience, chlorine results in the most dramatic changes in the coin's appearance and coins should be cleaned after each interaction. For best results, remove jewelry before entering heavily chlorinated jacuzzis and pools to prevent any tarnishing or other chemical reactions.
Tarnishing is a natural reaction when sterling silver is in the presence of salt water, air pollutants, or everyday items that contain sulfur, such as leather, rubber, and chlorine. To remove any tarnish, we recommend routinely wiping your sterling silver jewelry with a polishing cloth. Regular wear of Alexander Drake sterling silver jewelry can also help prevent tarnishing.
- Remove heavy tarnish with warm water, mild soap and a clean, soft cotton or flannel cloth, a special sterling silver cleaning cloth or a very soft-bristle brush like a baby toothbrush.
- Silver polish or dip-style cleaning solutions are not recommended.
Gold and platinum are naturally tarnish-resistant, but can lose their luster over time. To maintain their shine, routinely wipe your jewelry with an Alexander Drake polishing cloth.
- To clean your jewelry, soak it in warm water with a little diluted dish soap and use a soft-bristle baby toothbrush to remove any dirt.
- After cleaning, ensure the items are thoroughly dry by patting them with paper towels.
- Please do not use any abrasive cleaners. Some at-home jewelry cleaners, steamers, or ultrasonic machines can also do more harm than good.