MATERIAL COMPOSITION

 PRECIOUS METALS  

We use precious metals with the following approximate alloy composition.

14k Gold consists of 58% Gold, 31% Copper, and 10% Silver, and 1% Zinc.

18k Gold consists of 75% Gold, 10% Copper, and 15% Silver.

14k Rose Gold consists of 58% Gold, 40% Copper, 1% Silver, and 1% Zinc.

Sterling Silver consists of 92.5% pure silver and 7.5% copper.

Please note that each piece of jewellery is not tested for final alloy composition and some variance may occur which is normal for our products.

The outside of most precious metal pieces are hand-polished resulting in a smooth, shiny finish.

Some silver pieces have a Fine Silver finish rather than being a polished finish, this is a deliberate design element.   

PRINTED POLYMER MATERIAL

Polymer products weigh less than metal products and can be more fragile. As 3D printed material is still in its infancy, properties of the product materials over time have not yet been completely documented.  Jewellery by M.A.W. is not responsible for any damage, discolouration, or change in material properties over time.

The technique used to produce polymer pieces is Selective Laser Sintering (SLS).  This uses a laser to sinter powdered material, aiming the laser automatically at points in space defined by a 3D model, binding the material together to create a solid structure. Using a high power laser to selectively fuse thin layers of powdered materials, the laser scans cross-sections generated from the file on the surface of a powder bed. After each section is scanned, the bed is lowered and a new layer of material is applied. The process repeats until the object is completed.

It is sometimes common for 3D printed products in the collections to have a slight difference in the shade of colour or texture in comparison to the website product images. 

Jewellery Care

All jewellery should be worn with care.
It is normal for jewellery to acquire minor surface scuffing when worn.
Major scratching, deformation or breakage will occur if the item is mishandled.

GOLD

Gold jewellery can be polished with a soft piece of wash leather.

STERLING SILVER

Silver jewellery may oxidize over time if exposed to prolonged humidity, sweat, or liquid. The resulting patina does not compromise the integrity of the piece.
Silver jewellery can be polished occasionally with a soft silver polishing cloth.

POLYMER

Polymer is a light and relatively fragile material in comparison to metal and should be worn with care. The pieces will break with force.
As the final product has a slightly grainy finish, care should be taken if worn with clothing made from delicate fabric to avoid any damage to the fabric.
Do not store the jewellery where it will be exposed to direct sunlight.  UV will discolour and also fade the colour.
The products should not come into contact with electricity and be kept away from heat or chemicals.
Dirt accumulation and discolouration may occur from prolonged wear and contact with dirty surfaces. 

PLATED PRODUCTS

Jewellery by M.A.W. does not sell plated jewellery.  It is possible to plate jewellery however plating will wear off at some point through the actions of friction and scratching.  The time this takes will vary depending on the piece of jewellery, the individual wearing it, the care taken of it and how often the item is worn.