Care

 * Avoid exposure to water, lotions, and potions! It is generally true that jewelry does NOT like water, sweat, perfumes, lotions, soap, and more!  It is best to avoid exposing your jewelry to these kinds of elements.  For best results, remove your pieces prior to showering, hand washing, and swimming.  If you typically use lotions and/or perfumes or essential oils, we recommend applying these and allowing them to thoroughly absorb prior to putting jewelry on. 

Using a jewelry protectant (like Renaissance Wax) on all metal components. We take great pride in finding the most exquisite pieces of vintage & eco-conscious metals to use in our pieces. However, the nature of most metals is to patina with wear. While a lovely patina can add to the character and charm, you may not like this. In addition, if you wear a piece made of copper or brass tightly to your arm, you may notice some slight discoloration on your skin after wear.  While there is no harm to your or your skin from this discoloration, it is not always something that is desirable.  To avoid any of these issues, please polish your jewelry with a good quality jewelry wax (like Renaissance Wax).  In addition, if you will not be wearing your pieces for a long period of time, we suggest wrapping them in a soft cloth or storing them in the recycled cotton bag that came with your purchase.
 
Storage when not in use is something we recommend for all of our pieces.  Please store in a soft clothe or tarnish resistant bag.  You can even store in the cotton bag that your piece came in.
 
Polishing metals can be a controversial subject.  Some love the natural patina that certain metals get over time.  However, others would like to keep their metals looking shiny & bright.  We recommend using a jewelry polishing clothe for all of our metal jewelry.  It is one of the safest things to use and is free of chemicals.  We also recommend any gentle natural polishing solutions like a mixture of lemon juice & baking soda.  If you have any questions about cleaning your jewelry, please contact us.
 
Sealed vs. Unsealed Leathers & Fabrics are sometimes used in the creation of our pieces.  Sealed leather is easily identified with its waxy smooth feeling.  This leather is typically not as easily damaged by the elements, but unless it is waterproofed, it is still permeable.  Unsealed leathers and fabrics are just that……unsealed and exposed to the elements.  We recommend extreme care when wearing fabric jewelry components as they can typically only be spot cleaned and can be easily stained or damaged.  Unsealed leathers are porus and will absorb waters, oils, etc.  This will cause them to darken in color over time.

Concrete Jewelry Care.  Concrete is an amazing and versatile medium.  However, particular care to not drop your piece onto hard materials such as tile floors or granite counter tops.  You will also want to ensure that you do not bang the concrete on anything hard continually, like a desk or table top.  Avoid pulling on any wires that are mounted inside the concrete.  Although we take all precautions to ensure they are strongly mounted, concrete is a porous material, and pulling at certain angles or hard can cause these to come out.  All of our concrete is sealed with a lacquer varnish, but that does not mean that these pieces are waterproof.  Please avoid wearing concrete jewelry while having a water balloon fight or taking a shower.  We also recommend you remove rings when washing your hands, and avoid contact with any lotions or potions.

Care for elastic bracelets is slightly different than other bracelets:

  • *using care putting on your elastic bracelet the right way.   Never put on your bracelet by stretching it over your hand.  As much as possible, roll it over your hand without excessive pulling.
  • *Keep the bracelet away from soap, perfumes, hair and skin products, sun screen, salt water, etc.  Many of the products we use every day can degrade the quality of the elastic over time causing it to break.

Differences in metals – here are some of the metals we work with in our pieces:

  • Base Metals (copper, brass, bronze) are some of the most common and versatile metals used in making jewelry.  They are very durable and a wonderful choice for those who do not have allergies.  The issue that some have with these metals is that they are typically combined with small amounts of other metals like nickel & zinc.  We strive to ensure that the metals we use are as pure as possible and do not contain nickel or zinc.  However, there is never any way to guarantee that when it comes to vintage metals.  (*One tip when purchasing brass or copper is to see if they are magnetic.  Pure brass or copper will not stick to a magnet*)
  • Aluminum is an amazing metal.  Light weight, hypo-allergentic, and non-tarnishing.  This is a perfect choice for those who suffer from skin allergies.  You will never have to worry about jewelry made from aluminum tarnishing or turning your skin any colors.
  • Sterling Silver contains over 92% pure silver as well as other base elements.  Becuase of the “other” additives, sterling silver will tarnish as well as cause those with certain skin allergies problems.  If you have allergies to certain base metals, it is best to avoid sterling silver.  To polish, use a silver polishing cloth or a mixture of lemon & baking soda.  To avoid tarnish, be sure to wrap when not in use as well as avoid getting wet or exposing to lotions etc.
  • Fine Silver contains atleast 99.9% silver and will not tarnish.  This is a better choice for those who suffer from base metal skin allergies.  
  • Plated vs. Filled Gold/Silver
    • – Plated metals are simply a base metal coated in gold or silver.  These metals can wear off if not cared for correctly and care should be taken not to scratch the plating and to store in a soft cloth bag when not being worn.
    •  – Filled metals are a base metal that is bonded with a specific thickness of gold or silver.  These metals are incredibly durable and can be cared for in the same manner as solid gold or silver metals.  They will easily last for decades and are considered heirloom quality.

 Your product(s) can be damaged if:

* Too much pressure is applied to the jewelry. This is especially true with vintage brass rings AND any image pieces.

* Left in the sun

* Washed in the washing machine on ANY setting. We suggest that you check all pockets for any jewelry prior to washing anything in your washing machine.-