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Handcrafted Artisan Jewelry
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How to Care for your jewelry:
I recommend that you care for it as you would any delicate heirloom. Do not swim
or shower, sunbathe, or exercise in your jewelry. The chlorine and salt can cause
damage to various gemstones. Also remember to apply perfume or hairspray
before you put on your jewelry.
To revive the sparkle of the gemstones, lightly cleanse your beads in your hand
with a small portion of mild dish soap, rinse well and gently pat dry. Soaking
jewelry that contains soft opaque stones such as opal, coral, fluorite, lapis lazuli,
pearls, turquoise, malachite, and onyx, is not recommended. Extended soaking
may harm the polish on these stones, or may even cause discoloration.

Storage: I highly recommend storing your sterling silver jewelry in zip loc bags
to slow down the tarnishing process (do not store pearls in a zip log bag). Store
jewelry pieces separately to avoid scratches. Store jewelry away from sunlight
as the sun may fade the gemstones.

Sterling silver is 92.5% pure silver (.925) metal. This standard alloy is used to
assure consistent quality among sterling products. Sterling is 92.5% pure instead
of 100% pure in order to achieve the requisite hardness and stability to resist
wear and tear, and hold its shape. All silver products will tarnish. The speed of
tarnishing depends on storage conditions, time and sulpher content in the air.
Tarnishing is a normal reaction that cannot be prevented with normal silver
products. It is not a defect. You can use a standard polishing cloth to remove
tarnishing. Use of powders, dips, creams, or lotions are not recommended. If you
store silver in plastic bags with an interlocking seal, it will be less prone to
tarnish.

Caring For Your Pearls
*Pearls are more fragile than most other gemstones, so you must handle them
carefully to keep them in the best condition.
*Your pearls will stay cleaner if you put them on after you've applied your
makeup and perfume.
*Be sure to take off your pearls before you apply lotions and body creams.
*Wipe your pearls with a soft, lint-free cloth as soon as you take them off. The
cloth can be dampened with water or it can be dry. If damp, allow the pearls to
air dry before putting them away.
*Dirty pearls can be cleaned with a mild soap and water solution.
*Never clean your pearls with solutions that contain ammonia or harsh detergents.
*Don't put pearl jewelry in an ultrasonic cleaner.
*Don't use abrasive cleaners or rub pearls with abrasive cloth. Both can wear
away the nacre coating, leaving you with a dull lackluster pearl.
Storing your pearls........
Don't store your pearls with other jewelry, because they can be scratched easily
when metal or gemstones rub against them. Keep them in a soft bag made from
chamois or other non-abrasive material. Do not store pearls in an airtight
environment, such as a plastic zip lock bag, or in an excessively dry place. Pearls
need moisture, and exposure to humidity is good for them. If they become
dehydrated, they can become brittle and crack.