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jewelry care

Remember that a well-kept jewelry will last for years, even centuries.

 

silver

 

In order to conserve your pieces as new, do not wear it while you're handling chemical substances such as bleach, detergent, soap or shampoo, do not wear it while you're at the pool or taking a shower, never spray perfume directly as it may loose it's original look or get stained.

 

My silver work it's always finished matte or oxidized. Never clean oxidized pieces since they will loose they original look. On matte pieces, in order to avoid tarnish, keep your pieces out from air, in an hermetical box, it's original wrapper or a cellophane closed bag. If your piece it's completely silver white (and it's not blued, mixed or tight to others materials) and you need to clean it from oxide, you might put on water in an aluminum pot in slow heath adding a small spoon of baking soda till boiling. Let it boil for about 3 minutes. If rust does not yield at all, you can make a paste with baking soda and a few lime drops, rub softly with it your pieces, once the rust is removed, remove remnants of paste with a soft cloth .

 

To recover matte finished rub softly and carefully with a new kitchen scrubbing fiber (never used), green scotch are the best, you should reserve scrubbing fiber for your jewelry cleaning purposes and never use it for kitchen cleaning. Always pay attention to any object on the stove, lack of water can cause a total damage on the piece and an accident in your home. You may use the kitchen scrubbing fiber with not water at all -gently rubbing to avoid hard scratches- directly on white silver pieces which are mixed with some other materials. All my metal jewelry is brushed mate finished, light scratches are expected to be there. Be careful, since scrubbing fiber might scratch permanently non metal materials, so, cover it with a safe tape before you clean metal and do it softly.

 

If your piece has black patina please consider it is a treatment that will be lost with time, if you treat your piece correctly and do not clean it or stain with toxic liquids it should last for a few years, but one day will need to be blacked again, when this happens I could do the treatment for you, but maintenance and shipping costs will apply. I do not recommend you to use commercial silver cleaning liquids for your jewelry as it might cause you redness, skin sensitivity or even contact allergy. Pieces including other materials such as textiles, silver, ceramics, wood, resin, stone or even a blacked finish may be permanently damaged. Silver nature is soft and brittle, that is the reason why it is alloyed with other materials that give it greater flexibility and toughness, at the passage of time may require maintenance or small repairs still light normal use.

 

important: allergies: some people have allergic reactions to some plating.

 

blacked sterling

 

My work is finished brushed silver, blacked or rusty. Never clean rusted or blacked jewelry, keep your pieces dry, avoid using chemical fibers (including soaps, shampoos and detergents) while you use it as they could lose their original appearance. if your piece has a black patina, consider it is a treatment that will be lost with time, if you treat your piece correctly without cleaning or stain it with toxic liquids it should last for a few years, but one day it will need to be blaked again. Patina duration will depend on the intensity of use, care and even user PH. When your piece need to be blacked again I can reapply the treatment for you (postage costs and maintenance may apply).

 

Do not keep your blacked jewelry within a metal container or mixed with other metals, they can permanently stained. Prevent contact of your pieces with aluminum and ferrous metals, particularly galvanized metal. Do not include chalk to save, blacked silver stain with it. To recover some lost luster brushing and keep the black tone, use a dry cloth and gently rub the piece with her.

 

Important: Allergies: Some people may present an allergic reaction to certain patinas or bluing.

 

gold and gold vermeil

 

I do not sell gold pieces out of my country since there's a mail post restriction on it, since post do not want to be responsible for lost or theft. All gold toned pieces will be listed in my on line shops as gold vermeil it means it is sterling silver or brass gold-plated. 

 

The difference between gold vermeil and gold-plated is the thickness of the gold, in vermeil the gold used is at least 10k gold, unlike gold-plated which contains less than 10k gold. The karat is a measure of how much gold is in an alloy, or gold-blend. A measure of 1 Karat is where there is 1 part of pure gold and 23 parts of metal alloy - or 4% gold. So 24K is 100% pure gold. 9K is 37%, 14K is 58%, 18K is 75%

 

In order to conserve your pieces as new, avoid scratches and do not wear it while you're handling chemical substances such as bleach, detergent, soap or shampoo, do not wear it while you're at the pool or taking a shower, never spray perfume directly as it may loose it's original look or get stained. To clean it use a flannel and do it softly, I do not recommend you to use commercial cleaning liquids for your jewelry as piece may lost it's gold vermeil and it might cause you redness, skin sensitivity or even contact allergy.

 

Pieces including other materials such as textiles, ceramics, wood, or stone may be permanently damaged. The best way to conserve them it's in they original bag, separated and closed. Please consider gold vermeil is a treatment that will be lost with time, if you treat your piece correctly and do not scratch it, clean or stain with toxic liquids, it should last for a year or two, but one day will need to be gold vermeil again. The plating last will vary according to treatment, regular or exceptional use, and even Ph, when this happen I could do the treatment for you, but maintenance and shipping costs will apply. Silver nature is soft and brittle, that is the reason why it is alloyed with other materials that give it greater flexibility and toughness, at the passage of time may require maintenance or small repairs still light normal use.

 

IMPORTANT: Allergies: Some people have allergic reactions to some plating.


resin jewelry

 

Even if resin is a durable material it is not unbreakable, avoid strikes as your jewellery may break or damage, do not wear it while you're handling chemical substances such as bleach, detergent, soap or shampoo, never spray perfume directly as it might loose it's original look or get stained.

 

Do not live it exposed to direct sunlight, as it might be permanently damaged.

 

*Extremely Important: Resin is flammable, avoid contact with fire or high temperatures.

 

To clean just use a clean soft cloth, flannel or an old cotton cloth are great. On matte pieces you may clean it from time to time with a few drops of baby oil and a flannel, that will make them much prettier and would not alter the matte finish. Be careful after doing this process as it may be greasy and stain your clothes.

 

Finally, try to keep it separately in order to avoid scratches.

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