Even the best made jewelry requires extra care, especially over the years. Taking care of and storing your jewelry will make all the difference for the lifespan of your piece. Understanding the materials of your jewelry will also help ensure their longevity.
In general, please remove your HBJ pieces before you bathe, and try to prevent any lotions or sprays from coming into contact with your jewelry. Store your HBJ jewelry in a box or case that can allow each piece to be housed individually (so that they don't scratch one another); when packing jewelry in the studio, we utilize small cotton pouches or plastic bags. In general, warm water and a mild soap is the safest way to clean your jewelry but there are exceptions. For diamond rings, we reccomend a ultrasonic jewelry cleaner. Read more about caring and cleaning your jewelry below.
Sterling silver will naturally tarnish over time. To slow this process, wash occasionally with warm water and a mild soap. A soft toothbrush will help reach tighter areas. If the tarnish lingers, do not use a polishing cloth, as this will polish off the matte finish. Instead, try a dip tarnish remover or silver cleaner. Please avoid using silver cleaner on silver jewelry with pearls.
Vermeil, or gold plated, pieces are comprised of solid sterling silver, that has been plated with high karat gold. Layered over that is a protective lacquer coating, which slows the tarnishing process. This lacquer, however, is more vulnerable to chemicals. Anything that is gold plated will wear over time. If your gold plated piece should begin to tarnish, gently wash the jewelry with a mild soap and use a soft cloth for drying. Avoid tarnish remover or silver cleaner, and do not use a polishing cloth. If the gold should begin to wear off, please contact the studio regarding the replating process.
Oxidization is a patina that blackens sterling silver; it is a surface treatment, so it is more susceptible to wear. Avoid liquids and chemicals, and please keep in mind that depending on the acidity of your skin- wear time will vary. While it is not being worn, place the item in a safe, dry container. If your piece needs to be re-oxidized, please contact the studio.
Pay special attention to the stones used in a piece as certain stones, for example opals, are much softer than others, like diamonds, and can break relatively easily. Pearls, moonstones and opals are quite soft and are easily scratched; wear them with caution and special care. Some gemstones do not play well with water, so do your research before you clean your gemstone piece. If you ever have any questions about the make up of your piece or how to clean, please don't hesitate to contact the studio.
Solid gold will not tarnish, but it can get dirty. Wash with warm water and a mild soap. Do not use a polishing cloth, as this will polish off the matte finish. A soft toothbrush will help reach tighter areas. Remember to wash it in a bowl, rather than in the sink.
Like solid gold, rose gold will not tarnish but can get dirty. Rose gold can be affected by salt more than other metals, in air or water, because of the copper alloy in it. Please leave these pieces at home when heading to the beach. Wash with warm water and a mild soap. Do not use a polishing cloth, as this will polish off the matte finish. A soft toothbrush will help reach tighter areas. Remember to wash it in a bowl, rather than in the sink.