Care Instructions for Your Jewelry
Here are my best tips for providing years of pleasurable wearing of your Bedrock Rose Jewelry:
Most importantly—Wear it often! Believe it or not, your skin’s natural oils will help keep silver jewelry shiny. One of the easiest ways to prevent tarnish is to simply wear your silver often as opposed to letting it sit in a jewelry box unworn.
To help prevent your jewelry tarnishing when not wearing it, store it in an air-tight container in a cool, dark place. A resealable zipper bag can be ideal, or you can also find specialty jewelry bags for a more attractive option. I provide a small zipper bag with an anti-tarnish square to get you started. (See below for more anti-tarnish ideas.) This won't prevent your jewelry from ever tarnishing, but it will help immensely.
I also provide a small polishing cloth for you to buff up the shine. Gently rub the cloth over the areas you'd like to clean while avoiding the gemstones. Also avoid the recessed patinated areas, as this can potentially remove the purposeful patina. Do not use harsh abrasives or chemicals - they can harm the metal and gemstones.
I mention the ‘purposeful patina’. A lot of the jewelry I create has texture or recessed design, and the patina highlights the depths of those details. You’ll want to take care to avoid those intentionally darkened areas of your jewelry. For those pieces, start with a light touch and try to stay on the highlights or raised areas of the metal. Silver dip products will remove the custom patina and could damage gemstones.
There are a few instances in which you should not wear your jewelry—while showering, swimming, or sitting in a hot tub. Scented body products and chlorine are not friends to jewelry. Perfume and sunscreen can also damage your jewelry.
With proper care, your jewelry can provide years of beautiful wearing and become treasured heirlooms, as long as it is treated within its limitations.