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Jewelry Care


I often use natural gemstones mined from the earth. These gemstones could be hundreds or even thousands of years old. Natural gemstones of the same family don't all look the same; some are lighter; some are darker in color. Some have a variety of marks or colors on them either from the mining process or from the way the gemstone grew. These differences are all natural and should be expected. 

The Metal Parts

The best way to take care of the metal part of your jewelry is to wipe it with a smooth, dry jewelry cloth. Doing this, helps remove perspiration and lotions and liquids that may have come in contact with your jewelry. After doing this, place in a jewelry box or other protective place away from dust and fumes. It's ready to be worn again. 

Leather and Suede

Leather jewelry can last for a long time if it is maintained properly. Leather jewelry must be protected from dust, water, and salt so don't wear when showering or while swimming..

Pat down the leather with a damp cloth. Avoid using a wet cloth or immersing the leather in water. Put a small dab of mild, moisturizing hand soap or leather cleaner on the cloth on both sides. Rinse and dampen the cloth with clean water and wipe the leather clean & dry.

Suede should not be cleaned with water as the water might change the dyes used. Clean suede with a soft, slightly damp brush such as a baby’s toothbrush.

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