Our hands are human not robotic, they are our most precious tools, and we believe that the intricacies of handmade work should be valued and adored. Our goal is to create pieces that last a lifetime, but even the highest quality materials need love and attention. Here are some tips and best practices for caring for your investment.
Silver & Copper
While the appearance of silver and copper is quite different, the care for these 2 metals is the same. The oils in your skin help prevent silver and copper from tarnishing, which means that the best way to keep it shiny is by wearing your jewelry often! Silver and copper can both tarnish quite quickly though when it comes into contact with oxygen or sulfur.
If you’ll be storing your jewelry, use an airtight plastic bag (like a Ziplock) and if you can, put in a piece of chalk or a silica gel pack which will reduce the moisture and oxygenation in the bag. This helps prevent tarnishing while not in use.
If your silver or copper is tarnished the best way to clean it is with a jewelry polishing cloth.
There are also many viable home remedies for cleaning silver or copper jewelry online (we’ve even heard that ketchup works, lol). Just remember that silver is very soft so use something like a very soft baby toothbrush to avoid scratching it.
Mix a small amount of mild dish detergent with warm water in a bowl. Put the jewelry in the bowl and let sit for a few minutes. Use a soft toothbrush to gently scrub the jewelry. Rinse well and dry thoroughly. Use a soft polishing cloth to restore the shine of the metal.
You are always welcome to bring your jewelry by our shop in Tulsa to have us clean it or take your diamond jewelry into a reputable jewelry store and ask them to put it in their ultrasonic cleaner. If you are a devout jewelry collector there are small at-home ultrasonic cleaners available, just be aware that not all gemstones should be cleaned in an ultrasonic machine.
Opals are one of our very favorite stones, but they are a delicate stone and require special care. Opals are fairly soft (they are a 5.5 - 6.5 on the Mohs hardness scale, while diamonds are a 10). They are also high in water content and porous, which causes them to be very sensitive to changes in climate, temperature, and humidity.
The best way to care for your opals is by being mindful when wearing them. Don't wear your opal jewelry in extreme temperatures (like in the sauna or while doing an ice bath :), during physical activities, and avoid contact with soap, water, and household cleaners. Set your opals down gently when you remove them and keep them separate if you have them in a travel jewelry case.
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