Jewelry Care

Maintaining the antique patina of your oxidized silver ~ without losing the highlights ~ is easy: simply polish the metal parts of the piece with either a polishing cloth (for shiny highlights) or a green 3M pot scrubber (for a matte finish). Clean the stones, if necessary, with a lint-free cloth.

Water won’t hurt your jewelry, in fact you can use a soft toothbrush, warm water, and a little bit of baking soda or mild dish soap to good effect, especially in all-metal pieces. But avoid submerging the jewelry in any kind of cleaning liquid such as ultrasonic or chemical cleaners. The natural stones may be damaged and the silver patina may be removed completely.

Many of the natural stones I use ~ turquoise, chrysocolla, malachite, serpentines, pretty much anything green or blue ~ are much softer than classic transparent gems like diamonds. They will scuff up and scratch if you knock them around. Tossing them into a jumbled jewelry box is probably not the best idea. If you must punch a wall, take off your ring first.

Silver is a highly reactive metal, that’s why it patinates in the first place. Keep it away from latex/rubber as well as strong chemicals, including hair spray and heavy perfume, to keep it from over-tarnishing. Plastic is fine, in fact sealing silver in a plastic bag will slow the natural oxidation process.

Enamel is glass, but I wouldn’t go spraying Windex on my enamel jewelry. A soft cloth should do the trick. A warm wet toothbrush if things get desperate. (And who doesn’t feel better cozying up to a warm wet toothbrush when things get desperate?)

There are a number of good resources for silver and jewelry care on the Web. Simply Google “cleaning silver jewelry” or whatever. You can read all day.

Some Testimonials

Transaction was 110% positive. Everything arrived quickly and carefully, artfully packed. Oh yes, and this necklace is awesome!!! California


Received the necklace… I couldn’t be happier! It’s better than your photo (and your photo was great) Thanks for the added gift, that was very kind of you. Look forward to shopping at your site again soon.  Ohio


The jewelry arrived Monday.  The pieces are beautiful, I really like the way they are packaged.  The pretty bags and lace are a nice touch.  Texas


BEAUTIFUL…just what I hoped for!! OUTSTANDING service too!!! Thank you, Felicia! Virginia


Got it yesterday and everything is beautiful.  Thank you so much!  And, I LOVE the ornament holders.  You didn’t have to do that. Minnesota


The earrings arrived yesterday.  I am giving both pair as gifts and your packaging is perfect.  The earrings are gorgeous and I’m sure the recipients will love them.  I will remember you again for future gifts as well as for myself. Minnesota


I intended to email you yesterday to tell you I received my jewelry Monday (fast!) but was a little busy…The pieces are beautiful — I really like them! In fact I am wearing the turquoise necklace now and already have had several compliments (I work at a photo studio so there are always creative designer types here who appreciate beautiful art!) Thanks so much for everything! Ohio


I got your package today too and am just thrilled with everything! The garnet earrings are so delicate and light and cool, and the necklace is truly WOW – it looks awesome, I can’t wait to wear it. I have a backlog of your items I “must” have!!  New York


Thanks for the great communication and prompt service. Massachusetts


I just want to thank you for your thoughtful and timely service: the necklace arrived today and the care you took in including earrings and wrapping it all up was a total treat. In addition – oh, I almost forgot – there was your spectacular necklace! Your design is just fantastic, there’s something antique or medieval – almost rosary-like – about it, but then it’s also very modern.   California


Beautiful earrings and outstanding service! Went above and beyond the call of duty. Thank you kindly. icon smile Misc Maryland

The necklace arrived and she loved it. The person I bought it for says that it’s very cool! Thanks! Colorado

An AMAZING pair of Earrings! I LOVE them! Super fast shipping, too! ♥ ♥ ♥  Virginia

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