do you offer free shipping?
cartography offers free shipping within the US for all orders over $100. we do not offer free shipping internationally at this time.
do you ship internationally?
cartography partners with usps for international shipments; other arrangements can be made at customer’s request.
how long until my order ships?
most orders will ship within 2 business days. some hand made items may take up to one week to ship. this will be noted in the details section of the item page.
i would like to return my item.
you can return most items for a full refund within 30 days of your order being shipped. we do not accept returns or exchanges on damaged or worn items, items which have been monogrammed, or final sale items.
i would like to return items that were not purchased directly from cartography.
we do not accept returns or exchanges for items purchased from our retail partners. please visit the retailer where the items were purchased for return information.
general + specific care
many of the collections (travelogue, saudade, sisters of mercy, sacred band and sticks and stones) feature one of a kind necklaces composed entirely of antiques; please keep this in mind when wearing these special pieces and take extra pre-caution.
for longest life, we do not recommend showering or exercising in jewelry.
why are some sterling items dipped in rhodium, hematite, rose gold or 14k gold?
we apply a thin layer plating on most sterling silver items in order to slow the rate of tarnishing. this layer of plating is intended to come off after some use, leading to an antique look, which is the essence of cartography. to learn how to slow down and limit the wearing away of plating, keep reading...
the plating finish is coming off of my item.
plating naturally fades over time from exposure to oils in the skin and the environment. this fading can take months or years. if your product begins to fade within 30 days of shipment, please contact us and we will replace your item.
to decrease the chances of fading out, here are easy ways on keeping the luster of your dipped jewelry.
tell me about the sterling silver and how to clean it.
sterling silver consists of 92.5% silver, and the remaining part is copper. this is the reason why sterling silver is popularly referred to as "925 sterling silver" or just 925 silver. silver needs to be combined with other metals because it is very difficult to make great designs with just pure silver, which is soft and malleable.
a bit of hardness has to be introduced, by adding other metals such as copper or brass. that’s why jewelers - (oh, hay) - are capable of making intricate and complex designs with 925 sterling silver.
pure silver is not susceptible to tarnish in a pure oxygen environment. however, the copper that is contained in 925 sterling silver may react to the ozone and hydrogen sulfide in the air and cause sterling silver to tarnish. perfumes, hair sprays, and profuse sweating can also cause a quicker formation of tarnish.
you won't be able to 100% prevent tarnish from forming, but there are a few ways you can significantly delay the formation of tarnish.
the best way is to wear your sterling silver jewelry frequently. the oils in your skin will "clean" the sterling silver every time you wear a piece.
another way to delay tarnishing is to store sterling silver in an airtight container, preferably with an anti-tarnish strip (a specially formulated material that absorbs moisture). anti-tarnish strips are available on amazon or your local walmart store.
while it may not look pretty, plastic zip-top bags are the best container to use to store your jewelry. a jewelry box with a tight-fitting lid is also a good option.
a great way to clean tarnish off silver is with dish soap. form a lather with your hands and rub the tarnish off your silver.