Handcrafted jewellery is high quality and natural, not plated like mass-manufactured jewellery, so it naturally oxidizes in time with exposure to moisture and air. This is perfectly natural and only a minor inconvenience when it comes to owning unique handcrafted wearable art. Here are some special tips and considerations when caring for your handcrafted jewellery:
CARING FOR STERLING SILVER / MIXED METALS (Silver & Brass, Silver & Copper, Etc...)
Clean with a soft 100% cotton or flannel cloth. Gently rub off any excess makeup. A soft bristle brush can be used with warm soapy water to clean textured surfaces. Do not use silver dips or solutions for removing oxidation if the piece was oxidized at purchase as this oxidation is desired and removing them may alter the appearance of the piece. Simply polishing the outermost surfaces of your piece with a cleaning or polishing cloth and silver polish is sufficient for most pieces. Mixed metal jewellery, such as brass, can often be easily polished before wearing using one's own fingers. Gently rubbing between fingers can easily remove any light tarnish and make the metal shine when a polishing cloth is unavailable.
CARING FOR GOLD VERMEIL
Vermeil means gold plating over sterling silver. You may clean gold vermeil by washing the jewelry in warm soapy water. Use lukewarm water and a couple drops of residue-free dish soap (not antibacterial). Use a soft toothbrush to get into tight places. Rinse and dry with a soft polishing cloth immediately to avoid mineral residue from the water. It is recommended to carefully maintain the desired shine of the matte polished outermost surfaces of silver in our pieces such as Resilient Edge I and II with a polishing cloth. Do so carefully so as not to remove the oxidization of the lower surfaces surrounding the gold vermeil.
CARING FOR CUBIC ZIRCONIA
Cubic zirconia can be cleaned with warm water and mild soap. Use a soft, cosmetic applicator to reach crevices. Steam your CZ jewelry. Using a teakettle or any other method that produces steam, carefully hold your jewelry directly over the steam stream to loosen dirt. You should wear gloves and use tongs or needle-nose pliers to avoid burns. Once steamed, use your polishing cloth to dry your jewelry.
CARING FOR PEARLS
Avoid storing for long period of time in bag or box as pearls can become brittle and dry without exposure to fresh air. Never wear in shower, swimming, or saunas. Wipe your pearls down before storing to remove residues from sweat, perfume, moisturizers, etc. Avoid storing where pearls can bump into other metals. Pearls are best stored in fabric bags such as silk or suede pouches. NEVER try cleaning pearls with silver dips or solutions. If the metal in the piece requires cleaning, such as silver needing polishing, carefully cover the pearl with a soft cloth or your finger as you polish the metal. NEVER use silver polishing cloth, or any kind of chemical cleaner, on pearl.