Andewyn Jewelry is created using sterling silver, brass or copper.  Each metal has its own care requirements to keep it beautiful and wearable for the ages.


The best recommendation for any of my pieces is simply to: wear it!  The natural oils from your skin will keep the metal looking as wonderful as the day you received it, and most times will improve the surface appearance with time~


When not being worn, it's best to keep the piece(s) protected in a jewelry box, plastic or other type of bag. Essentially, out of the open.


But of course, you're not always going to wear each piece, and as it is metal and from the earth, it will have a reaction with the air.  Here's how to care for each metal.



Sterling Silver


By far, the metal I use the most in my work.  Most pieces I create have a rustic patina.  But, I've outlined for each finish that I use below.


Satin Finish


The satin finish is easily kept by cleaning with a mild soap and water and then brushing gently with a Scotch Brite (green kitchen scrubbie)pad.  Gently!  This will bring the piece back to it's original glory.  Be sure to be careful of any embellishments on the metal.  Work carefully around them  to preserve the depth.


Rustic Patina Finish


Similar to the satin finish, a mild soap and water can be used to clean the jewelry.  Be careful with any brushing using a Scotch Brite pad.  This will remove the patina.


Oxidized (Blackened) Silver


Simply clean the piece with a mild soap and water.  Be gently with the piece when drying and the place back in its protective place.



Brass/Copper


Satin Finish


Similar to a sterling silver satin finish, this can be easily kept by cleaning with a mild soap and water and then brushing gently with a Scotch Brite (green kitchen scrubbie) pad.  Gently!  This will bring the piece back to it's original glory.  Be sure to be careful of any embellishments on the metal.  Work carefully around them  to preserve the depth.

 

Oxidized and brushed

 

Again, use mild soap and water to clean and then gently dry and place back in it's protective place.



As always, if you have any questions that are not answered here, feel free to contact me using the contact form in the right side bar.


xo!