Jewelry Care Information
How do I care for the jewelry?
Handmade jewelry is more delicate than mass-manufactured jewelry, but with proper care it should last a lifetime. Just like your mother always said, if you do not take good care of something, it will show signs of wear and tear!
The fundamentals of good jewelry care are: make sure it is the last thing you put on and the first thing you take off. Always store it in a jewelry box and keep it away from chemicals such as sunscreen, hairspray, perfume, etc. Do not exercise or sleep in your jewelry either. Another good rule of thumb is to wipe off your jewelry with a soft cloth at the end of the day. It is also not recommended to exercise in your handmade jewelry, as it can cause unnecessary stress on the piece, and the salt from sweating does not react well with the metals.
What is gold-filled?
Gold-filled materials are much more economical and practical than solid gold, and display the rich look of gold at a fraction of the cost. They have a thick layer of real gold is permanently bonded to an underlying metal, such as nickel free jeweler's brass or sterling silver. They should not be mistaken for gold-plated since they have 100 times more gold than plate - in fact; they are 1/20 gold by weight. Under normal wear, gold-filled materials will never peel, flake, or wear and can be treasured for generations.
Gold filled does not tarnish or "rub off". However, on some of my pieces there is a place where it has been soldered and this will occasionally darken due to wear and weather. Simply buff the dark spot with a jewelry polishing cloth such as Sunshine cloth.
Does sterling silver tarnish?
Yes, it does over time. The best way to prevent it is to store your jewelry in an airtight container such as a jewelry box or ziplock baggie, and keep it away from sweat and humidity. However, sterling is super easy to clean! Silver polishing cloths will do the trick. Do not use a liquid sterling cleaner with ANY piece that has a stone or pearl, it will damage it.
Can I go swimming or bathing in this jewelry?
In a nutshell NO. Doing so instantly void any repair or replacement of the piece. Pools, hot tubs, even tap water has chemicals that the jewelry does not like. If you want to keep your jewelry looking good, remove it before getting wet. That includes: perfumes, lotions, hair sprays, profuse sweating, really humid climates, etc.
Help! My dog chewed on my necklace! Do you repair broken pieces?
If your jewelry breaks due a fault of the findings and can be repaired, we will repair it free of charge (less shipping costs) within two months of date of purchase. After that time, there will be a fee. Please contact us first to discuss the nature of the repair required.
If your jewelry breaks to to being handled roughly (tugged on, slammed in a door, chewed on by pets, worn while exercising or in a fight, etc…) there will be a fee to repair it (if possible) no matter when it was purchased.