How to care for your Silver
A real Princesse Décadente loves her bijoux and never wants to take them off, which is why they sometimes lose their original shine.
Silver jewelry may become darker over time because of rusting, which occurs as a result of the contact between the bijoux and Sulphur or other acids. Some corrosion also occurs when jewels rub against hairbands on your wrist or other kinds of rubber materials. Furthermore, medicines alter the pH of our skin, and that can make silver jewelry lose its shine. Finally, for a prolonged period also causes discoloration.
Some tips from Princesse Décadente to care for your silver treasures:
- Store them in a cool, dry place.
- Keep them away from chlorine, sweat, perfume and sea salt.
- Don’t leave them piled up on top of each other; store them individually in their own boxes.
- Clean them once every 2-3 months so that they keep their shine and beauty. Put your bijoux in a bowl with water and soap for 10 minutes, then rub them gently with a cotton cloth and dry them with some absorbent kitchen towel. There are also specific products for cleaning silver jewelry available in supermarkets and specialist stores.
Remember that each of your bijoux is special and if you want it to stay perfect then you should look after it in the correct manner. Useful tips include closing the chains of your necklaces and bracelets to prevent knots from forming, separating rings to avoid precious stones to get scratched and avoiding humid places.
How to care for your eco-printed accessories
Eco-printing is a technique in which plants, leaves and flowers leave their shapes, marks and color on fabric. Plant material bundled inside of cloth is steamed or boiled to release the dye found naturally inside the plant, creating a contact print in the shape of the leaf or flower used. Each piece is unique and one-of-a-kind. Every leaf is placed by hand, creating a distinctive pattern and color palette. Then the fabric, with the plant material inside, is tightly rolled around a pipe or stick. The ‘bundles’ are tossed into a steamer or a pot of water before it releases the dye out of the plant, coloring the fabric next to the leaf. The colors are revealed as the plant material is lifted from the unwrapped fabric. Garment production follows the natural rhythm of seasons, which is why certain plants, flowers or a certain color combination may not become available again until the next growing season.
Eco-printing requires immaculate attention to detail and everything involved in the process is naturally dyed: silk, wood, cachemire, linen and cotton.
Cashmere is expensive and delicate, but it’s not too tricky to keep it looking pretty. There are two basic ways to clean Cashmere properly: take it to your local dry cleaner or handwash it in cold water using a delicate shampoo. Then rinse the garment and let it dry naturally, placing it flat on a clean bath towel. Do not wring or twist your Cashmere, do not put it in a dryer, and if you really need to smooth its creases, use your iron on the lowest heat possible. Pilling is a natural process even for high quality Cashmere. It occurs when little balls of fiber start to gather on your pashmina, typically in areas where there is friction. This a natural phenomenon and will reduce over time. You can protect your precious scarves by storing them in a closet or drawer, separating Cashmere from other textiles using tissue paper whilst keeping them away from heat sources and direct sunlight. With proper care, you will treasure your cashmere for years to come!
Silk can be pricey but if cared for correctly it be worn for decades. In order to keep it looking great and feeling smooth, you can either take it to a professional cleaner or you can wash it by hand using a mild detergent and cool water. Do not clean your foulards in a washer, even on the gentle cycle, because excessive agitation may damage the fibers. Rinse carefully in water of the same cool temperature, then remove excess moisture by patting the garment between dry towels. Try not to wring or wrinkle the Silk. If you find makeup stains on your Silk, do some pretreating of those areas before hand washing. Apply some mild detergent directly on the spot, work it into the fabric with your fingers, let it rest for at least fifteen minutes and then continue washing the foulard. Silk should be air dried; never place it in an automatic dryer even on low heat, do not hang it in the sun, but do dry it as quickly as possible to prevent the formation of watermarks. It should be damp when pressed; use a slightly warm iron and press on the wrong side using a piece of clean white cloth between the garment and the iron. Always store your foulards in a dry place and use lavender to repel clothes-eating insects that can attack the natural fiber. You could also use non-acid tissue paper to soften folds and prevent severe creases which can break fibers.
Baby, it’s cold outside! And unluckily Wool is quite a delicate fabric – the material itself is very strong, but it can get damaged quite easily if the wrong cleaning products or techniques are used. Hand washing is the safest method to care for your Wool accessories because it offers complete control over how they are handled. Wool can shrink in very high temperatures, so fill a bowl with warm water and specific detergent, making sure to wear rubber gloves to protect your beautiful skin! Gently swirl your scarf around in the soapy water, ensuring it becomes well-saturated, but don’t stretch it. If your garment is stained then leave it to soak for a while, which will allow the stains to loosen. Dry flat, or by hanging from a clothes line, and when your wool is still a little bit damp use your hands to reshape it. Now go out and spend the wintertime feeling warm and cozy, and looking as snug as a bug.
All of our Cotton and Linen accessories can be laundered at home with great care. They should be delicately washed in cold water with mild detergent that does not contain any bleach products, and they should not be dried in a machine dryer. Because linen wrinkles extremely easily, garments should be spread on a large surface and pressed with a hot iron, avoiding fabric softeners that can damage the product. Store your linens and cottons in a cool, dry place; avoid plastic bags and cardboard boxes. Linen has inbuilt insect-repellent properties so you should have nothing to fear from moths or other nibbly creatures. When you take Linen out of storage, give it a good airing and wash if it needs a bit of a refresh. In the case of Linen pillowcases, it is recommended to wash them prior to placing them on your bed for the first time because this fabric gets softer with each wash. Linen is just as easy to look after as Cotton, but it is more durable and gets better with time, unlike Cotton, which can become threadbare as the fibers are weakened. Linen uses less resources in its production, so it is also a more eco-friendly, sustainable fabric.
We sell beautiful HANDMADE PRODUCTS
Princesse Décadente’s creations are made by hand, so small imperfections or differences in shape, size and colour can happen and are part of the charm of an artisanal product. This is what makes our designs unique and should not be seen as a fault: the overall aesthetic of the item and its ability for use as intended will not be affected.
Princesse Décadente believes in socially-responsible packaging that can be given a second life once our products reach their new homes. We are proud to say that our packaging is sustainable, too. We post our designs enrolled in personalized, eco-friendly tissue paper and boxes. We recycle small soft pieces of silk and linen that cannot be used to make more scarves, old cotton napkins from an Italian restaurant that otherwise would be thrown away and ropes that we need during the natural dying process of fabrics. All of these pieces are cut and stitched together by hand, manually dyed with an eco-printing technique, et voilà, they are ready to be stamped with the Princesse Décadente logo and used to deliver beautiful designs. We also ship some of our jewels in tasteful wooden boxes from Jaipur; natural materials that have been painstakingly hand-carved by best-in-class fair trade artisans. Princesse Décadente goes to great lengths to preserve natural resources in everything we do, inside our company and in all the products we design and produce. We’re driven to enable, develop, and support fair trade artisans and authentic producers of sustainable and natural materials, especially in economically isolated regions around the world.
We are authentic. We are Princesse Décadente.