Earrings by Kate Smith Delicately patterend, double layered earrings. The removeable backing offers 2 pairs of earrings for the price of 1! the back layer simply threads onto the earring post, giving you two different effects within one pair of earrings.The black colour on the back is produced by applying a chemical to the sterling silver, that reacts with it and turns a rich, black colour.Perfectly complemented by our double layered silver pendant.Also available in a large single layer version. Features Primary Material : sterling silver Fitting Type : Post Dimensions (mm) : 8mm diameter One of a Kind : No Hallmarked : Yes Wire Material : silver Cleaning InstructionsPerfumes, lotions and chemicals can all affect the look of jewellery over time.Using a soft (old!) toothbrush and warm soapy water can remove build-up of dirt/discolouration.Using hairdryer (on a low setting) afterwards will help to avoid water marks on your jewellery.Avoid contact with harsh chemicals, especially when wearing jewellery with gemstones.Wearing your jewellery (rather than keeping it hidden away in a box) is the best way to avoid tarnishing on silver! Your skins natural oils help to form a barrier against oxidisation.If you find your item of silver jewellery blackens when you first wear it, follow the above method of cleaning with a toothbrush & warm, soapy water.Initial discolouration should fade within time. It isn’t clear why this can happen to some people’s jewellery, but from researching, it seems it could be attributed to medication, diet or even pregnancy! (If you are male, you can probably rule out the last cause).FinishesFinishes that are applied to our jewellery can alter over time, simply due to everyday wear. This is more applicable to rings and bangles; satin & frosted finished pieces may become shinier with wear and polished items can become slightly duller with time.