Earrings by Kate Smith Unique silver earrings. The pattern is achieved through a process called acid etching. A chemical is then applied into the etch to give a striking black colour, giving contrast between the silver earrings and the graphic lines within them.7mm diameter.Perfectly complemented by our etched silver cuff and pendant.Also available with gold plated detailing. Features Primary Material : sterling silver Fitting Type : Post Dimensions (mm) : 7mm 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.