Montana Armor® is a Montana Silversmiths technological breakthrough which was first implemented in 1985. Utilizing state-of-the-art techniques, Montana Armor extends the durability of electroplated buckles, jewelry, and accessories against the effect of chemicals, tarnishing and abrasion. Montana Armor preserves the appearance and enhances the value of Montana Silversmiths products and has established Montana Silversmiths as a leader in the industry in innovation together with rugged protection and beauty in craftsmanship.
How do I care for my Montana Silver?
What is great about Montana Silversmiths buckles and jewelry is the trademark protective finish called Montana Armor, which can keep tarnishing at bay. All you need to do is wipe down your piece with a dry, 100% cotton cloth to remove any impurities that may have gathered when wearing. You may also use mild soap and water as needed, and pat dry with a soft cloth.
Just a few tips to ensure the Montana Armor finish remains intact. Please keep your piece away from jewelry cleaners, silver cleaners, treated polishing cloths, perfumes, hairspray, lotions, hand-sanitizers, and make-up. Also do not soak your item in water for too long or fail to rinse away soap, if used to clean. Any of these items can damage the protective lacquer and cause tarnishing to occur. Have your Montana Silver piece be the last item you put on in the morning. It is also best to tuck your cherished item away when not wearing.
What materials are used to make Montana Silversmiths buckles and jewelry?
Though some designs may vary, in most cases Montana Silversmiths jewelry is created through a multi-step process that begins with a designer's hand sketch and engraving.
Each piece, except for German silver products, is minted in solid brass or zinc alloy and plated in pure sterling silver, 22 carat gold, and/or black nickel, as indicated in each product description. German silver pieces are minted in solid German silver and accented with brightly polished bronze. Since silver has a natural tendency to tarnish (oxidize) and scratch, we add Montana Armor to assist in retarding this natural process.
Earring posts, French wires, and lever backs are composed of hypoallergenic stainless steel.
Unless otherwise noted in the product description, most rings are manufactured with a solid sterling silver base then plated in shiny rhodium for a bright silver look with easy care.
What is German Silver?
German Silver is a trade name for full 18 percent silver nickel plate polished to a jewelry finish for a beautiful, lightly aged silver look. Bronze accents are also brightly polished for a light gold appearance. German silver contains no sterling silver.
German Silver products are not plated, but minted in solid German Silver and, where applicable, applied with solid bronze accents.
Like all Montana Silversmiths buckles, the Montana Armor clear finish is applied, perfectly capturing the special antiqued patina of German Silver.
If my jewelry piece looks tarnished or is turning dark, what do I do?
Just remember this easy tip for keeping your Montana Silver clean. All you need is a dry, 100% cotton cloth and a little elbow grease. Wiping your item down with the cloth should remove any impurities or darkening that can occur from wearing the item.
If that does not work, try some mild soap and a little water then pat dry with a soft cloth.
Also, this is important: Soaking your product in water, failing to remove all the soap or treating your jewelry with silver cleaners or polishing cloths can remove the protective lacquer and cause the item to tarnish.