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Care of Handmade Jewelry

Jewelry Maintenance


You are purchasing a special item that took time spent in designing and searching for materials and then the knowledge of the best ways to create your OOAK beauty!

Also, that moment of completion is a joyful and satisfying moment!  This is my best advice for caring for your beautiful work of art!

  • Dawn soap & a soft brush will work very well.  Just be gentle around delicate components!

  • Avoid direct contact with perfumes & lotion & body sprays.        

  • Remove jewelry before going to bed or other bedtime fun.  :)

  • Remove jewelry before showing, bathing, hot tubs, or swimming.  Especially Opals.

  • Also, remove when participating in physical activities, especially ones that make you perspire.

  • Clean off jewelry prior to storing away.  I personally prefer the yellow Sunshine Coths for ALL my jewelry needs.  I explain how to polish below.

  • Store in jewelry box and/or plastic bag.  All metals patina over time & oxygen is the activator for this process.  Don’t be alarmed- it is normal.  Even after years of not wearing. All can be polished!

  • Avoid wearing fuzzy clothing.  The details with wire weaving can get caught on material.  All wire ends have been inspected & secured before the hardening process but snags are a part of life.  :)

  • A necklace may have come with your purchase & sometimes I provide extra chain for lengthening.  Just be sure when fastening clasps they are indeed secure.

  • Don’t assume you latched the closure!  This is the easiest way to lose any jewelry!  The ball chains can be tricky & you want to be sure they have truly nestled in the clasp.

  • Lastly, don’t let children play with jewelry.  Plus, they could choke on a small piece.


When cleaning. I take a hand towel folded in half and lat on counter. I put the Sunshine cloth down on towel and with cleans hands-free from oils. I then set the piece down on Sunshine cloth and push down slightly, while at the same time drag towards myself. Always in one direction! Sometimes back and forth. Every piece is different. Just ask! Again, a bigger cloth is nice to have. If you hold the piece in hands always go in one direction. Never scrub. The cloth will become black. I use my cloth many times and it is very dark. They last a long time. The stone is the concern and at this point due to the chemicals in the sonic cleaners I cant be sure for every stone! Opals should never be placed in sonic cleaner or hot water. You could lose their flash. Ive done it but it came back when dried out! PHEW!!  I am always available for cleaning and any questions.

With every piece I make sure there are no snags and all metal it polished the way I want. I tumble EVERY piece without stone and this way the piece is strengthened and polished! For me it means more-if the piece can survive the tumble than it can survive normal wear. Then I polish more by hand and inspect for any issues.

Every piece is custom made. And usually I have only made one. No returns on purchases. I’ve had to add this to store due to addict shoppers. Sorry.

You might consider to add insurance for your purchase if price is significant. It would be wise.

Included in a gift box and a Non-toxic, non-abrasive Intercept® anti-tarnish tabs or bag to protect your jewelry items against tarnish for up to 12 months. The tabs absorb tarnish-causing elements without emitting damaging gases or leaving deposits on the jewelry. Tabs conveniently begin to change color when it's time to replace them. No polishing before wearing! Its nice!!  Paper will leave emissions of oxides so don't leave in any cards or tags.

Protect your jewelry from tarnish in this zip-close, see-through copper-color plastic bag from Intercept®. Safe for all metals, even when in direct contact, this anti-tarnish plastic bag prevents tarnish and corrosion of all ferrous and non-ferrous metals, electronics, optics, plastics, photographs, paper products and more. The bag is non-toxic, environmentally friendly and fully recyclable—containing no charcoals, oils or volatile chemicals. These bags are made of 100% virgin low-density polyethylene (LDPE) that is specially treated to resist tarnish. The copper color of the bag is an indicator; when it darkens too black, replace the bag with a new one.