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Montana Silversmiths jewelry and buckles are easy to take care of. Montana Armor is applied to each piece to keep it from tarnishing. To keep this protective coating in place use a 100% clean cotton cloth. Start by using the cloth to wipe the piece down. This will remove any impurities that may have gathered from wear. If the item is still showing impurities after fully wiping it down, you may use a mild soap and water. Ensure that you pat the item completely dry.
Using jewelry or silver cleaners can remove the protective coating. Also, soaking in water or not fully rinsing soap off can cause damage to the Montana Armor and cause tarnishing.
Try to avoid getting lotion, perfume, hairspray, or make-up on your Montana Silversmiths accessories. When not being worn ensure your products are kept safetly tucked away in a jewelry box or in their blue velvet box.
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.
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 99.9% fine silver, 24 karat gold or rose gold, and/or black nickel, as indicated in each product description. 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.
Each product page has a detailed list of all materials used in the piece.
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.
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.