Quality and integrity are some of the founding principles of this brand but jewelry still needs to be handled with care to ensure it lasts a lifetime or more.
Sterling silver and brass will naturally develop a patina over time. This is normal and is not an indicator of “bad metal”. It’s a natural and inevitable process called “tarnish” or oxidation which occurs when metal and oxygen interact. Some people like the antique look of a little tarnish but if your jewelry has darkened and dulled too much for your liking, no worries, it is just a surface level discoloration and can be removed easily with some care and attention.
Polishing Cloth- Most people keep their jewelry looking shiny and new by giving it a polish every once and a while with a polishing cloth. Polishing cloths are available at most bead stores or can also be found online. They are a soft cloth impregnated with a jewelry specific polishing compound. I recommend the yellow or blue Sunshine Cloth to maintain a shiny finish. You may want to give your piece a rinse with water and pat dry afterwards to clean off any residue the polishing compound may have deposited. Also, take note that when the cloth has turned black, the polishing compound has been used and needs to be replaced.
Hot Soapy Water- A great method for super delicate jewelry or fine jewelry is to soak it in a bath of hot, soapy water for about 20-30 minutes. Make sure to pat dry with a soft cloth afterwards.
It is recommended that whenever you are not wearing your jewelry to store it in an airtight jewelry box, cloth, or plastic bag to help slow down the natural process of oxidation.
What to Avoid
-It is recommended to remove your jewelry before sleeping, showering, or excessive sweating in order to preserve the finish of your pieces.
-Take care to remove your jewelry before applying lotion to avoid discoloration.
-Keep adjustments of cuff bracelets to a minimum. The more you bend metal the more rigid it gets and it can eventually break. While I design with quality and longevity in mind, handling your jewelry with care is what will make it last a lifetime.
-Avoid storing your jewelry in the bathroom or where moisture is present as it will quicken the tarnishing process. *Note: coastal climates will quicken the tarnishing process due to the moisture in the air. If you live in a marine climate you may want to be extra diligent to store your jewelry in a box or a bag and you may have to polish more often.
-Do not wear your jewelry where chemicals like bleach or chlorine are present such as a pool or hot tub. Also be aware that if you enter a hot spring with a high sulphur content it can turn your jewelry black! Don't worry this is not permanent and can be removed by polishing.
Fun Fact: using sulphur is actually a method I use to intentionally darken my silver jewelry.