I get a lot of questions from people on how to care for their h and -stamped sterling jewelry. With sterling silver, the more you wear it, the lesss it will tarnish. This has to do with the rubbing it encounters against your skin, clothing, etc. while wearing it. When you take your jewelry off and leave it out in the air somewhere, that is when the tarnish bugs start to attack.
The best way to fight tarnish is prevention. I personally wear my charms and bracelets 24×7 – in the shower, to bed, when I go swimming. Whenever I notice one of my charms is looking less shiny than usual, I pull out my polishing pads and give the charms a good rub. Wa-la, good as new.
All my orders come with a polishing pad for your polishing pleasure ( and you can purchase more here). There is more info on how to care for your jewelry on my site. Oh and here is a video I whipped out that shows how to use the polishing pad.
My daughter, who just turned 8, loves to hang with me while I’m making jewelry. Which I love, of course. She has learned a lot about jewelry and metals and stones, and she is really getting into working with wire. I just love it since wire is not as much my thing, but I love to see her develop her own passion for something.
It is amazing to me how creative an 8 year old can be – they have no constraints or preconceived ideas about trends or fashion, and the ideas she comes up with reflect her own personality. I think some of these will make great clasps or be part of a very cool chain…we’ll see!!
A customer of mine recently ordered this bracelet and I thought it was so cute, I just had to share. It’s a great example of ‘customizing your own’ by adding the heart swirl charms and stones to a heart bracelet. My customers have the best ideas! Enjoy!