caring for your jewelry
When you buy a piece of my work, you're investing in jewelry that can stay with you as a lifelong friend. There are a few key things you can do to keep your jewelry happy, clean, and shiny along that journey. Here's my care advice:
1. Keep ‘em dry!
Because of the nature of precious metals and alloys, I recommend always keeping your jewelry as dry as possible, and avoid having it come into contact with strong personal care products such as lotions, perfumes, essential oils, etc. This is especially important for brass and copper, which tarnish from prolonged moisture more easily.
2. Put them away!
Try your best to handle your pieces with clean hands when taking them on and off, and keep jewelry in sealed plastic bags or jewelry boxes between wears.
As your pieces tarnish naturally over time, you can choose to embrace the aging process *or* do some easy DIY polishing at home. You can do this with a polishing cloth (available online and at most jewelry stores) or any number of household product solutions, which vary from scrubbing with lemon juice & baking soda to soaking a piece in ketchup. I have gotten the best results from combining ~3tbsp baking soda with 1-2 tablespoons of lemon juice, scrubbing the piece with an old toothbrush, leaving it to sit for ~5 minutes, and then washing with warm soapy water and drying.
If you purchased a piece from me that is broken or damaged from wear and tear (in a reparable way), I'll fix it for a small fee. Need a piece cleaned? I can do that too! Is the break/damage my fault? I'll fix it or replace it for free. Just shoot me a message at:
hello (at) heathergunn (dot) net.