Product Care and Repair
Sterling Silver Jewelry
How can I care for and prevent tarnish of my Sterling Silver?
Preventing Tarnish on Sterling Silver:
- Prevent tarnishing by storing in a clean, dry airtight container, like a Ziplock bag.
- Add an anti-tarnish strip with the silver jewelry in a Ziplock bag.
- Minimize sterling silver's contact with chemicals and do not wear in the shower, swimming pool, or hot tub.
- Clean jewelry with a soft dry cloth before putting it back into an airtight container.
Cleaning Tarnished Sterling Silver:
Use a silver polishing cloth to remove oxidation from silver. We recommend using a Sterling Silver jewelry cloth. Be sure to use a fresh cloth and use light pressure.
Commercial cleaners are available at jewelry stores and online. Always remember to read the instructions on the commercial cleaners first before you attempt cleaning. Most commercial cleansers are harsh and will remove all oxidation! Many of our designs are purposely oxidized then polished. Oxidation in manufacturing creates darkened crevices to bring out the depth and beauty of a piece. Take care not to remove this design element. Do not cleanse it too long.
If the jewelry contains gemstones or pearls, do not submerge the entire piece into water. Instead, use a cotton swab with mild dishwashing liquid to wash only the silver. Since moisture is the main reason for tarnishing, thoroughly rinse and completely dry the sterling silver before storing. All chemical including household bleach, rubbing alcohol, oil, acetone, and ammonia are all harmful to gemstones and pearls.
If these steps do not remove the tarnish on the sterling silver, visit a jeweler who will use a professional process to clean your jewelry.
Our gold jewelry will be gold plated, in 10kt, 14kt, 18kt, or gold vermeil. Vermeil is pronounced ‘ver-may’ and is a heavier layer of gold, which gives the piece long-lasting color.
Caring for Gold jewelry and findings?
The best way to maintain the beauty of your gold is to take proper care of it from the beginning. Below are some tips on caring for and cleaning your gold jewelry.
Store your gold jewelry in velvet, satin, or any soft fabric-lined jewelry box. Keeping pieces separate will avoid scratching.
Remove all jewelry before showering, applying lotion, make-up, hairspray, and perfume. Soap and lotion most likely won't harm gold, but it can cause a residue and may appear dull and dingy.
Remove jewelry before cleaning. Harsh chemicals will reduce the luster and can permanently damage your jewelry over time.
Remove all gold jewelry before entering swimming pools, hot tubs, since exposure to chlorine can corrode, fade, and permanently damage jewelry.
Gold-plated jewelry cleaners are readily available. Choose a non-abrasive cleaning material as abrasives can remove the layer of gold-plating. Ensure the product is safe to use on GOLD.
Buffing your gold-plated jewelry with a soft cloth specifically for gold jewelry is effective and inexpensive and will keep your pieces radiant. Using a cloth for other metals can permanently damage your gold.
Natural Bronze will oxidize over time, turning a darker, more muted color. Some designers prefer this darker, gray color as it adds character to the metal. One of the benefits of using bronze over other base metals is that much like sterling silver, bronze can be cleaned easily with a polishing cloth.
To maintain a shiny brilliant finish, store your bronze in a Ziplock plastic bag and keep it as dry as possible. Do not wear in the shower or store in a humid environment. If you like a high shine, you may prefer using a commercial metal cleaner specially formulated for bronze or brass. Follow the instructions on the cleaning product.
The other metals that we offer, such as Stainless Steel, are durable and need to be buffed or softly brushed with warm water to be cleaned.
All metals, including bronze, silver, and gold, can react to beauty and cleaning products. Avoid contact as much as possible with all chemicals.
Our genuine mineral stones represent beauty, longevity, and rarity. We use an array of cut and faceted stones. Care for gemstones by using warm soapy water with a soft brush. Avoid chemicals or excessive temperatures when cleaning.
We use cultured pearls from oysters and freshwater mussels that we
carefully select for exact size and beauty. Pearls are sensitive, so ensure you protect them from chemicals such as perfumes and harsh detergents.
Crystals and Cubic Zirconia
To keep the brilliance and sparkle of our crystals and cubic zirconia jewelry, often cleanse in warm water with a soft brush, since well, and then pat it dry with a soft, clean cloth.