Below, please find information on the care of my artisan created jewelry as well as my fiber goods.
Gold filled wire is very different from "gold plated". 14KT gold-filled wire has 100 times more 14KT gold in it than plated gold. 14KT Gold Filled wire is created by bonding a sheet of 14KT gold to a core of brass with extreme heat and pressure. The end result is a 14KT gold tube totally encasing the brass core. This gives us a lovely strong wire that never tarnishes. The gold surface never wears off like gold plate does. It is a piece of jewelry created for a lifetime.
IMPORTANT: Be careful when cleaning jewelry with delicate stones:
- Foil-backed glass stones
- Mother of pearl
- Unstabilized turquoise
These delicate gems need VERY gentle cleaning. They should not be exposed to ammonia, hot solutions, ultrasonic cleaning, or any abrasives.
The best jewelry cleaners for these delicate items are:
1. A gentle, nonabrasive cleaner called Jewelry Joose, which you can spray on, rub gently and wash off, or else soak several pieces in it. It's safe for all metals and gems.
2. An ionic jewelry cleaner such as the SpeedBrite, which is considered generally safe for all metals and stones. Ionic jewelry cleaners do not use heat, sound waves, or abrasives, and they do an excellent job of removing tarnish and dirt very quickly. Ionic jewelry cleaners are available from many sources on the Internet; shop carefully because prices can vary widely.
Removing Sterling Silver Tarnish:
For plain sterling silver jewelry (with no stones), you can also get good results using commercial silver dip liquid, polish paste, or polish cloth. I wouldn’t use these products on jewelry containing gemstones, though.
Windex is often used to shine up silver and gold jewelry, including some gemstones (but not the delicate stones listed above; also don’t use Windex or any other ammonia solution on oxidized sterling silver, since the ammonia can damage the oxidized finish). Spray Windex on the jewelry, wait a few moments, rinse, and wipe clean with a soft, dry cloth.
And again, you can also use an ionic cleaner to remove tarnish and quickly get sterling silver sparkling like new.
Ultrasonic cleaners are safe to use on most jewelry EXCEPT the delicate stones listed above.
I store my jewelry covered with anti-tarnish cloth available by the yard at most fabric stores. It may seem cumbersome but it will make a big difference in how much time you spend cleaning your jewelry.
I recommend keeping jewelry tightly sealed in ziplock jewelry bags with no-tarnish strips (available from most jewelry suppliers) inside with the jewelry. Change the no-tarnish strips every 3 to 6 months, depending on where you live and how fast jewelry tends to tarnish
For Knit and Crochet Items
Generally you should hand wash any items purchased from my shop in cold water and squeeze the excess water out, please do not wring. Air dry on a flat surface. If the item is a hat or bag you might want to stuff them with plastic shopping bags to re-shape.