Care and Maintenance
Hand stamping as the name suggests is all done by hand. Each letter is carefully placed and then stamped with a blow from a hammer. The alignment of the text will not be perfect and may differ in height and spacing, especially on longer words.
Letters will not be perfectly aligned, as this process is done by hand and each character is placed and then stamped, it’s nearly impossible to get a perfect alignment.
Hand Stamping is the impression done by the metal stamp into the jewellery piece. To make the impression more visible we use a blackening solution that is applied to the item before we to the final polishing. This blackening solution does fade away and wears off eventually. How long the blackening lasts depends on how you take care of your item. To make the blackening lasts as long as possible, try to avoid letting the item come into contact with water, soap or any chemicals (i.e. perfumes, lotions, chlorine).
Re-blackening it yourself, simply take a Black Permanent Marker colour in the area you would like to make black and wipe the excess off with a wet wipe.
Free of charge re-blackening service is available, you can send your item to us or drop it off at my workshop.
Most commonly, zirconia’s fall out of their mountings when people hit their rings, hook them on clothing inadvertently, or when cleaning the item. Some settings are not as sturdy as others, and a strong bump can knock a stone out of its mounting. With time, metal wears down, and mounting parts can move out of place during wear. Thus, the zirconia is not guaranteed and jewellery cannot be exchanged but can be fixed for a minimal fee.
Copper is a natural metal and can tarnish over time. Tarnish is a thin layer of corrosion that forms over copper, brass, silver and aluminium as the outermost layer undergoes a chemical reaction.
A tarnished piece of jewellery is one that needs to be cleaned.
Clean your copper with some Lemon juice, Olive Oil, Toothpaste or Brasso.
Caring for Gold and Rose Plated Jewelry.
Plating is a process where a layer of gold is placed on to coat the surface of another metal. As the jewellery is not 100% solid gold, extra care should be taken to maximize its lifespan. Anything plated will eventually tarnish with time and wear.
To decrease the chances of fading out, here are easy ways to keep the lustre of your gold-plated jewellery.
Do not spray on perfume or other sprays while wearing your gold-plated jewellery.
Wait until your lotion or cream is dry or has been absorbed by your skin before you wear your gold-plated ring, bracelet or necklace.
Substances like oil, nail polish, nail polish remover, chlorine, and perfume may react with metal/plated jewellery and cause it to tarnish. This is also true for sweat, so make sure you remove your gold-plated jewellery when exercising or doing anything requiring heavy work and swimming.
After every use, clean your plated jewellery with a cotton ball or a very soft cloth to remove any dust and dirt. Gently rubbing the surface of your gold-plated jewellery using a soft jewellery cloth, helps restore shine. Do *not* use a polishing cloth as this will strip away the plating.
If your jewelry needs more cleaning you may clean it with warm, soapy water. Soak it for a few minutes and you may clean it with a soft cloth. Stay away from jewellery cleaners and antibacterial soaps which may have certain components that will make your gold-plated jewellery tarnish more quickly.
To avoid scratches, wrap your jewellery in a soft cloth after cleaning or keep it in a jewellery box separate from other types of jewellery you have. Small zip-locks work great.
Store like items together. Do not store gold plating and silver plating together. The different metals will cause each other to tarnish, fade and/or turn colours. Have different storage places for different colours of metals like gold and rose gold. Store in a dry area