• My jewelry is made from fine and sterling silver, The silver comes in several forms: sheet metal and silver metal clay. I recycle silver and gold when available. I also use mixed metals which include gold, silver, bronze, copper and brass.
• I use a variety of stones, including, but not limited to Turquoise, Labradorite, Amazonite, simulated Opal and other Cubic Zirconia stones. Please see individual items for more information.
Day-to-day Care of your Jewelry
Sterling silver tarnishes when exposed to salty air, chlorine, sulfur, humidity, perspiration, cosmetics, household bleach and other strong chemicals. To prevent tarnish as much as possible, we recommend that you store your fine jewelry in a safe, dry place when engaging in the following activities:
- Household and outdoor chores
- Showering, bathing or swimming in pools, hot tubs, hot springs and the ocean
- Using lotion, hair products, fragrances and other cosmetics
- Exercising at the gym or during contact sports
- Preparing meals
How can I handle my sterling silver products that have an intentional oxidized finish?
Oxidized silver is deliberately tarnished, which creates a black sheen for an antique or discolored appearance. Due to its tarnished nature, caring instructions for oxidized silver differs from traditional, non-oxidized silver materials.
You should avoid using a silver polish on intentionally oxidized silver as this will strip the oxidized finish from the silver. Instead, we recommend cleaning your oxidized silver by using a dry, clean cloth to avoid scratching. Only clean oxidized silver when necessary.
How to Clean Tarnish from Sterling Silver
You should not completely wash jewelry with pearls or opaque gemstones because washing can damage the stones.
- Apply a small amount of silver jewelry cleaner to a soft cloth.
- Gently rub the silver with the cloth several times.
- Rinse the silver thoroughly in warm water.
- Blot dry and shine your silver with our polishing cloth or mitts. This will remove the tarnish and restore shine.
- OR you can clean it with the silver polishing cloth included with your purchase.
Make your own DIY cleaner for your sterling silver jewelry!
Note: these are natural cleaning methods, as the harsh chemicals in professional cleaning products can be incredibly taxing on your jewelry.
-Water and Baking Soda Method
You will need 2 parts water to 1 part baking soda (use a bit more water if the jewelry has delicate features). Stir into a paste. Use an old toothbrush or cleaning wand to apply this DIY cleaner in gentle motions and movements.
-Dish Liquid and Water
No fancy cleaning methods needed for this option. Simply rinse the jewelry off in the same way you would clean your own hands.
-Salt Water Method
Line a cooking pan or large dinner plate with a sheet of aluminum foil. Place each piece of jewelry directly on the foil.
Combine 1 cup of boiling water with 1 tablespoon of salt and 1 tablespoon of baking soda together. Pour the mixture into the pan or large dinner plate. Add 1/2 cup of vinegar to the mixture.
Bubbles will surface! Let the mixture sit for about 10 minutes (use a spoon if needed for stirring). Rinse in cool water and dry off with a microfiber cloth.