The first thing to remember about any jewelry is that it has to be kept clean. Every time you wear jewelry, and it touches your skin, it gets oils and body soil on it. All jewelry should be routinely cleaned. It is helpful to keep sterling jewelry in plastic bags to slow down the tarnishing process. Keep in mind that perfumes have chemicals in them, and hairspray is a lacquer. Both will build up on the case.
All of the watch cases should be cleaned with a jewelers cloth. You can get one of these from any jewelry store, and they are inexpensive. Use it to dry polish the case. Use a soft cloth dampened with alcohol to clean the watch crystal. When packing the jewelry to go on a trip, always wrap the case in some tissue to keep the crystal from getting scratched by other beads on the necklace, or the chain.
If your necklace is comprised of strung beads, keep in mind that the stringing will be "tight" when you first begin to wear it, but will stretch and "give" with some wear. If your necklace is tto long or too short after this period, this can easily be fixed by shipping the necklace only to the studio for re-stringing. This is at no charge to you with exception to the shipping charge. Remember to include your return shipping address and the exact length the necklace needs to be lengthened or shortened.
Pearls are made of organic material and also have to be kept clean. Pearls should never be exposed to perfume, hairspray, body lotion, or any other chemicals, either on the skin or in the air. These chemicals actually "eat" the pearl's nacre, or surface, causing it to dull and decay. Always put on your pearls after you have sprayed your hair, and put perfume on the wrist instead of the neck.
Clean your necklace by holding the case in your right hand to keep it from getting wet. Use your left hand to lather a tiny bit of Dawn dish washing liquid and water. Work this through the pearls, beads, and sterling by running the strand through your left hand, rinse well, pat dry, then let air dry. If you have purchased a bracelet, it is recommended that you wear it on your left arm, if you are right-handed, to decrease the risk of damage to the crystals on the outside of the case and band. If you do this periodically, you will not get build up on your necklace as quickly, and it will stay as pretty as it is now.
The glass crystal in your watch is vintage, thin, and breakable. NEVER allow small children to handle the watch or put it in their mouths. If your watch is on a long chain, keep in mind that when you lean forward the case will have a pendulum effect and swing forward with you. It can easily strike other objects, shattering the crystal.
For items in need of repair, please contact me via phone or e-mail. (Information located on the Contact Page of this web-site). The item will need to be shipped to me, well-packed and insured. Please include your return address and phone number, and a check to cover return insured shipping. I do not charge for labor for minor damage, and I will call you in advance to inform you of any replacement part cost. Broken crystals are by far the most frequent problem, and replacements are $15 - $20. Vintage crystals often have to be ordered, so repair can take several weeks. In the past, repairs have always gone through the gallery of sale, but this is not necessary. In some cases, it only takes more time to complete the repair. Do not attempt to make repairs yourself, or have an outside jeweler make repairs. Watch cases are enameled on the interior and sealed a particular way. Super-Glue is ALWAYS a no-no. The fumes will destroy the interior of the case. If you have any questions about the care of your piece, feel free to contact me at any time.
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