Jewelry Care & Metal Info

General Jewelry Instructions
  • Apply lotions and sprays before putting on jewelry.
  • Remove jewelry before sleeping so it won’t break.
  • Avoid wearing jewelry in chlorine and salt water - wipe with a soft cloth if wet.
  • Avoid using harsh chemicals like bleach and acetone-based cleaners, as they could damage the metal.
If you have a bad reaction to the jewelry, please don't hesitate to send me a message and we can sort it out together. 
Stainless Steel & How To Care For It
Most of my jewelry features stainless steel, which I find to be the best option economically, corrosion-wise, and safe for most metal allergies. Stainless steel often contains the metals chromium, iron, and low amounts of nickel for it to keep its strength. I use 316L hypoallergenic surgical stainless steel and 304 food grade stainless steel, as they are considered safe for most metal allergies and are used for medical supplies and food grade applications. To take care of your jewelry, I suggest using a soft cloth to wipe clean. Use mild soap and warm water if there are marks on your stainless steel jewelry. Also, avoid setting your jewelry down atop sharp objects or other pieces of jewelry so it won't scratch.
 Take good care of your stainless steel jewelry and it should last you a lifetime! 
Gold Filled & How to Care for It
Gold Filled jewelry can last 10-30 years if it's cared for properly. It's a more affordable alternative to solid gold, and it's also more durable for everyday wear. "Gold Filled" is a USA jewelry standard that requires the metal to have 1/20, or 5%, of pure gold by weight. 14k Gold Filled, for example, includes a thick layer of real 14k gold formed at extreme pressure and heat around a base metal core. Gold Filled jewelry is great for people with allergies - it doesn't contain nickel, won't tarnish, and the metal won't rub off. 
To clean Gold Filled jewelry, use warm water and mild soap to wash, and a soft cloth to pat dry. Make sure not to rub the jewelry as that can cause discoloring. Try to avoid wearing the jewelry in the ocean or the beach so the chlorine and salt don't tarnish it. Also avoid wearing your Gold Filled pieces while cleaning or before applying lotions or perfumes, as the chemicals could damage the jewelry. You can softly wipe your jewelry with a soft polishing cloth to keep it shiny! 
925 Sterling Silver & How to Care for It 
925 Sterling Silver contains 92.5% pure silver, with 7.5% copper or other metals to give the silver its strength. Pure silver is too soft and malleable for functionality and everyday use.
Although sterling silver will tarnish over time, there are ways to prolong it and keep your silver clean as long as you can. Try to keep your sterling silver pieces away from air as much as you can (I know, that's tough). You can store your pieces in airtight plastic bags or containers while you're not wearing them. Also keep your silver jewelry out of direct sunlight and humidity if you don't want it to tarnish quickly. Keep your jewelry away from things containing sulfur, like latex, rubber, wool, mustard, onion, or eggs. Use a microfiber or jewelry polishing cloth to maintain the shine of your jewelry. If your jewelry is really tarnished, try using a mild ammonia and phosphate free soap with warm water to clean and blot dry, or baking soda and warm water then blot dry again. Even olive oil and lemon juice - 1/2 cup lemon juice with 1 teaspoon olive oil. Take good care of your sterling silver jewelry and it'll last you a long time!