Jewellery Care

Sterling Silver Jewellery Care

▲ Silver is a soft metal and can be easily scratched if cleaned with harsh chemical cleaners. The copper content in sterling silver is what makes it oxidize so quickly when exposed to the air. To slow down this oxidizing (tarnishing) process, store your jewellery in a sealed plastic bag.

▲ Use a polishing cloth to clean slightly tarnished silver jewellery. Polishing cloths are available in most supermarkets and jewellery shops. I supply polishing pads with all orders that require them.

▲ When cleaning a piece of jewellery, avoid rubbing any precious stones near or around it.

▲ For a quick fix, I have used white tooth paste rubbed on with a fingertip. This is, of course, your decision, but I have never had any problems with this method.

Brass Jewellery Care

▲ Raw brass jewellery should turn a gorgeous bronze colour with age.

▲ If the piece is sealed, do not use cleaners with solvents.

▲ Oxidized brass should only be polished on the high points, so as not to disturb the patina.

▲ I supply polishing pads with all orders that require them. Polishing cloths are available in most supermarkets and jewellery shops.

▲ When cleaning a piece of jewellery, avoid rubbing any precious stones near or around it.

Copper Jewellery Care

▲ Keep your copper jewellery in a cool, dry place. Copper naturally darkens over time, and heat will cause the natural patina to occur faster. Place on an anti-tarnish cloth or in a resealable bag to keep air out.

▲ Remove copper jewellery before getting into any water. This includes swimming, washing hands and dishes and bathing. Remove copper jewellery before applying lotion or oil. The lubricants will coat the metal and cause it to tarnish and darken.

▲ Use a polishing cloth or pad for everyday cleaning. Rub the surface with enough force to clean, but not bend the metal. I supply polishing pads with all orders that require them. Polishing cloths are available in most supermarkets and jewellery shops.

▲ Use a commercial polish or tarnish remover for a deeper cleaning. Apply with a clean, soft cloth, buff, rinse with water and dry. Wear gloves when using tarnish remover.

▲ When cleaning a piece of jewellery, avoid rubbing any precious stones near or around it.

Homemade Copper Cleaner Methods
– Mix a natural copper cleaner by boiling water in a 2-quart pot. Dissolve 1 tbsp. salt and 1 cup vinegar in the water. Dip jewellery in to remove discoloration, then rinse and dry.
– Make a paste of lemon juice and salt for concentrated cleaning. Rub with a soft cloth, then rinse and dry.
– Mix flour with lemon juice and salt to create a thicker paste. This will allow the paste to be applied and soak on area-specific spots.

Bead-woven Jewellery Care

▲ These pieces are made from very tiny glass beads and thread. As any other piece of valued jewellery it requires special care.

▲ Please store your bead-woven items in a dry place that is protected from direct sunlight. I use only high quality materials in my creations; however, many types of seed beads can tarnish, change, or even loose their color if stored in high moisture, heat or sunlight. Those conditions may also damage the thread, making it brittle. A soft pouch will prevent seed beads, crystals and gems in your woven items from chipping and scratching. Avoid dropping or tossing your bead-woven jewellery onto hard surfaces.

▲ Never expose bead-woven jewellery to water, perfume or any other chemicals (including soap and other detergents, crèmes, lotions, disinfectants, etc.). Do not wear it when doing dishes, taking showers or swimming. Make sure to take it off before going to bed.

▲ If these recommendations for care are not followed, I cannot guarantee your complete satisfaction with my products, nor their durability. When properly cared for bead-woven jewellery will serve you for many years to come and may even stay in your family for generations.

Patinaed (Patina-ted) Jewellery Care

▲ These pieces are very special. To care for your delicate patinaed items, wear them on special occasions. They are not meant to be worn daily, worn in water, in extreme heat or during heavy hands-on activities. They are to be protected, both while in storage and while on display on your body.

▲ Avoid spraying perfumes, hair sprays, lotions, oils, hand sanitizers and so forth while wearing your art jewellery.

▲ Do not use jewellery cleaners on your patinaed items. Avoid any chemicals or sprays.

▲ The patinas and sealants used are skin-safe, but have not been tested for those with sensitive skin or skin allergies. Usually, those who are sensitive to base metals can enjoy the pieces sealed with lacquer and wax as this forms a protective barrier between the metal alloy that causes the reaction and the skin.

▲ If worn daily, the patina may need to be touched up. Please inquire for repair or touch-up work and I will work with you until you have a good as new piece of jewellery again!

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