The majority of our jewelry pieces are crafted from sterling and fine silver. Pure silver is very soft and malleable and can more easily be damaged. For this reason copper is added creating sterling silver (92.5% silver and 7.5% copper) a more durable metal. Silver can tarnish and darken when it is exposed to everyday elements. This is a natural process called oxidation which is a result of the copper found in sterling.
We want your jewelry to last a lifetime and more! Following these simple steps can help ensure that your pieces stay shining bright for years to come!
- Wearing your jewelry often will actually help prevent tarnish because the natural oils in your skin will reflect the tarnish process.
- Avoid sterling silver’s contact to chemicals such as hairspray, perfume, body lotion, bleach, etc. and do not wear your jewelry in water as moisture can speed the oxidation process.
- Store your sterling silver jewelry in a dry airtight container, such as the provided ziplock bag, and away from other metals.
- We recommend using a silver polishing cloth such as ‘Sunshine Cloths’ to remove tarnish from silver. Do not clean the sea glass or sea pottery with these cloths as the pitted surfaces can hold the oxidation.
- To clean the sea glass or sea pottery, use warm soap and water and a soft toothbrush. This will restore the natural frosting on the sea glass. To add a bit of luster and enhance the sea glass color simply apply a small amount of mineral oil to the glass and wipe excess off with a soft cloth.
- Do not submerge your jewelry with sea glass in commercial cleaners as this can damage the glass. These cleaners are quite strong and can remove all oxidation. Many of our designs are purposely oxidized then polished to add depth and dimension to a piece.
- We seal all copper accents with a protective clear sealant so they will not tarnish.