Jewelry Care and Maintenance

 

Silver Jewelry

Sterling Silver jewelry will eventually oxidize. Have you ever found your grandmother’s old jewelry or silverware an it’s all completely black?  This is called oxidation.

The good news is regular care and maintenance will help keep the oxidation under control.

Gold Jewelry

One of the great things about gold jewelry is that it doesn’t oxidize.  It will often maintain a nice luster on it’s own but some occasional maintenance will keep it scratch-free and shiny.

Caring for Jewelry with a Brushed Finish

The jewelry from my Cherry Blossom and Winged Journey Collections both have a brushed finish.  I use this finish because I think it offers the best contrast with the blacked silver background by turning the silver more of a white tone rather than a gray or silver reflective tone.

Presently, there is no mainstream cleaning agent to help maintain this finish.  If you have purchased one of my pieces with a brushed finish and it has begun to tarnish, here are some good options:

1. Go to a local hardware store and purchase a VERY FINE GRIT sandpaper.  3M makes sanding pads that are 800-1600 grit.  Anything 800 or greater will be a soft enough grit to clean off the tarnish and not scratch up the surface.  These products are often used in furniture finish work (final stages of sanding, staining, etc).

2. Scotchbrite pads will work well but this product will scratch up the surface more than the finish you start with.  This is a good alternative if the tarnish is stubborn.  After removing the tarnish with a scotchbrite pad, you can use finer grit paper to recover the softer matte look.

3. Pumice works great.  You can find finely ground pumice in hardware stores as a cleaning agent.

4. I found this GREAT abrasive pad made by 3M that I travel with to shows. It has become my portable maintenance kit for the brushed finish jewelry.  If you like, I can mail you a small piece of this pad to use on your jewelry.  Contact me (info@chayastudio.com or 207-221-6552) with your mailing address and I’ll send you one.  At this point, I am offering them to all my customers at no charge.

5. You can ship your piece to me and I can recover the finish back to its original state for you.  If you prefer this option, please contact me ahead of time so I know to look for your piece.  Here is what I need from you:

Please enclose a return shipping address, $10.00 cash or check, and the piece(s) to be re-finished.  The $10.00 will cover a $5.00 finishing fee and return shipping.

Package the piece(s) secure and safely (a hard jewelry box surrounded by padding) along with the items listed above and ship them to:

Chaya Studio

PO Box 15009

Portland, ME 04112

As soon as the piece is ready, I’ll ship it back with a 3M pad to help maintain the finish.

IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER: If you have stones on your jewelry, please take care NOT to rub or scratch any abrasive material over them.  Colored gemstones are soft and can scratch permanently.

Caring for Jewelry with a High Polish

The lotus collection and most other jewelry is made with a high, shiny finish.  This jewelry can be maintained with a liquid cleaner or polishing cloth.  There are also many other mainstream options available.  If you have any questions, or would like me to restore the high polish on your jewelry, contact me to discuss.

Here is what I will need from you:

Please enclose a return shipping address, $10.00 cash or check, and the piece(s) to be re-finished.  The $10.00 will cover a $5.00 finishing fee and return shipping.

Package the piece(s) secure and safely (a hard jewelry box surrounded by padding) along with the items listed above and ship them to:

Chaya Studio

PO Box 15009

Portland, ME 04112

 

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