Jewlery Care

Jewlery Care

Caring For Your Hand Stamped Jewelry

A large portion of my business is taking a customers' idea or motivation and translating it into a hand stamped piece of jewelry.
As these custom pieces are worn, especially if you are active, or if you swim or bathe while wearing them, the black on the lettering may dull or wear off.
Click here for a simple way to refresh your jewelry and make it look like new.

Aluminum

Aluminum jewelry has been gaining in popularity over the past few years, with jewelers as well as consumers.
Aluminum is affordable, but looks expensive when worn. Wide 1 and 2 inch sterling silver cuffs that would range from $250-350 can easily be reproduced using this less expensive metal alternative.
Aluminum is lightweight, making these pieces perfect for layering with other bangles to create a look that is uniquely you.
This metal is easy to care for. You can polish to a shine using a jewelry polishing cloth, but the easiest and most effect way to clean them is with soap and water.

Copper:

Our copper jewelry is made from 100% pure copper.
Copper is an essential mineral found in plant life and in the human body. Wearing copper jewelry is a long-term folk remedy for arthritis. The copper bracelets can be beneficial for reducing pain and inflammation.
I do not coat my jewelry with any lacquer or other chemicals. .
Water, ocean air, lotions, soaps, oils from your skin and your own body chemistry will all affect how quickly your piece will turn.
Over time even treated brass and copper will oxidize (or turn dark).
If you bathe or swim with your bracelet, it will gradually darken over the course of a few days.
When this happens your bracelet can be polished back to its original shine with a jewelry polishing cloth.

PLEASE NOTE: Copper may discolor your skin
After contact with skin, soaps and/or lotions copper/brass can turn green or bluish-green, and stain the skin in the process. The reaction varies according to an individual's body chemistry, The discoloration is not harmful to one's health, and is readily washed off with soap and water. You can clean the bracelet by either washing it with soap and water, wiping it with rubbing alcohol or with a jewelry polishing cloth.

A super easy and wonderful cleaner for any brass or copper pieces is 'Penny Brite'. It's biodegradable and environmentally friendly. It take a few seconds to wash away any patina and leaves the metal bright and shiny. You can purchase on etsy, amazon or a hardware store. You can also polish your copper pieces with a jewelry cloth, but the penny brite is so easy and has great results.

Gold Brass / Nu Gold:

Nu Gold is a metal alloy created with copper and zinc.
I do not coat my jewelry with any lacquer or other chemicals. .
Water, ocean air, lotions, soaps, oils from your skin and your own body chemistry will all affect how quickly your piece will turn.
Over time all brass (even pieces that have been treated) will oxidize (or turn dark).
If you bathe or swim with your bracelet, it will gradually darken over the course of a few days.
When this happens your bracelet can be polished back to its original shine with a jewelry polishing cloth.

PLEASE NOTE: Brass may discolor your skin
After contact with skin, soaps and/or lotions copper/brass can turn green or bluish-green, and stain the skin in the process. The reaction varies according to an individual's body chemistry, The discoloration is not harmful to one's health, and is readily washed off with soap and water. You can clean the bracelet by either washing it with soap and water, wiping it with rubbing alcohol or with a jewelry polishing cloth.

A super easy and wonderful cleaner for any brass or copper pieces is 'Penny Brite'. It's biodegradable and environmentally friendly. It take a few seconds to wash away any patina and leaves the metal bright and shiny. You can purchase on etsy, amazon or a hardware store. You can also polish your copper pieces with a jewelry cloth, but the penny brite is so easy and has great results.

Nickel Silver / German Silver:

Nickel Silver is a combination of 60% copper, 20% nickel and 20% zinc. It is a solid metal and not flake and will remain beautiful for years to come.
This metal will cause a reaction to anyone with a nickel or metal allergy.
Over time your bracelet may oxidize (or dull). When this happens your piece can be polished back to its original shine with a jewelry polishing cloth.

Bronze:

Bronze is a beautiful metal that has been around for thousands of years. For jewelry, it is an affordable metal with a warm, rich color.
It is a mixture of 90% copper and 10% tin. Our natural bronze styles are solid bronze. They are made from high quality alloys. The do NOT contain nickel or zinc.
All of our items made from bronze contain an anti-tarnish compound which will delay, but does not eliminate, the eventual oxidation of the piece.
When this happens they can be easily cleaned using a jewelry polishing cloth.

Sterling Silver:

Our sterling pieces are made from solid .925 sterling silver. Sterling will tarnish over time but can be easily polished back to it's original shine with a silver polishing cloth.

Even solid .925 sterling silver can cause a reaction with your skin. This happens more often with wider band rings and cuffs or when you stack rings/bracelets together, which allows moister to get trapped between the piece and the skin.

Sterling Silver is 92.5% silver, but the other 7.5% is made from copper, which gives the metal its strength.

If your piece is turning your skin green, it is either tarnishing (because moisture is getting trapped between the ring/cuff and the skin. This is most likely the case) or it is happening because your skin is sensitive to copper, which is present in ALL sterling silver in very minute quantities.

The discoloration is not harmful to one's health, and is readily washed off with soap and water. It happens to me when I wear wide band rings or when I stack rings together!

14k Gold Filled Jewelry:

Our 14K gold filled jewelry has a Karat/purity of 14/20.
Gold-filled is made by heat- and pressure-bonding a thin layer of karat gold to a brass core. The cost of gold-filled jewelry is greater than that of gold-plated because the gold-filled has an actual layer of karat gold, not just a microscopic film. This makes it last longer and significantly increases it's tarnish-resistance.
The "14/20" describes the purity. The "14" refers to the karat of gold and the second number is the amount of gold that is used (1/20 or 5% of the total weight of the piece).

14/20 gold-filled jewelry most resembles solid gold and it's much more affordable! 14k gold-filled jewelry can stay beautiful for many years. However, jewelry worn on the body often accumulates grease and grime from normal wear.
With proper care gold filled jewelry should only require light polishing. Use a non abrasive polishing cloth or following the directions below.

Here are several factors to consider:
1. Lotions, soaps, perfumes and especially sunscreen, when left on the surface of your pieces, can cause the gold to darken more quickly.
2. Chlorine, sweat and body chemistry can also affect the rate a which you piece turns.
3. Storing your pieces in an airtight bag, like the one it came in, reduces the chance for oxidization.

How to Clean:
  • Add a touch of mild dish soap to a bowl of WARM water
  • Let the piece soak in this solution for about a minute.
  • Scrub it with a soft toothbrush.
  • Rinse in warm water making sure all of the soap is off.
  • Use a soft dish towel or cloth to dry it.

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