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TECHNIQUE

Please know that it is very important to me, as a metalsmith and artist, to make every component of every piece I create. I make every part of my jewelry by hand in my studio. There are only a few rare exceptions to this rule. I will use a high quality machined chain (ex: foxtail chain) only if it is not revealed in the design of a piece and will help lower the cost for the customer by reducing my labor time. I will also use machined chain when required for structural integrity and I cannot fabricate that level of quality by hand. Another rare case would be the use of a machined mechanism for certain pin designs. In either case, I will always inform the customer if a machined piece has been used.

All metals in my work are always a pure metal (not plated) and of the best quality. I most often use solid sterling silver and solid fine silver. Other metals include gold, copper, brass, bronze, and other alloys.

Because I design and make everything by hand, each piece is unique. Even when there are multiple copies, as in Limited Editions or a Designer Line piece, no two pieces will be exactly the same.

STORING MY JEWELRY

Silver constantly reacts with its environment. High humidity and compounds in the air can tarnish silver. The higher the humidity and⁄or pollution, the faster your silver will tarnish (unchecked, tarnish can go from a golden hue to grey and then black.) The most common elements affecting silver are sulfur compounds and acids. These can be found in many everyday materials− felt, wool, rubber bands, latex gloves, cardboard, and paper. They can even be found in some of our foods− eggs, onions, garlic, and mayonnaise.

Keep your jewelry from physical contact with harmful compounds. Avoid storing your silver in or near any of the above materials and with a minimal contact with air. Wrap your jewelry in a professional quality anti−tarnish jewelry cloth bag. Avoid plastic bags or wrap. These are often made from fossil fuels and contain sulfur compounds (there are a few non−fossil plastics in the marketplace, but be careful.)

CLEANING MY JEWELRY

Gently clean your jewelry on a regular basis. You especially need to do this if you do not often wear your jewelry. To make a cleaning solution, combine 2 drops of a gentle dish detergent with a 1⁄2 cup of warm water. Dip a soft cloth or soft toothbrush in the solution and gently brush the jewelry. Rinse with clean water and dry with a soft cloth. Storing the jewelry before it has completely dried will promote stains and tarnish. Be sure that the piece is THOROUGHLY dry before you store it.

Except for soap and water, any other cleaning method you use will remove a microscopic layer of silver and oxide from your jewelry. Your goal is to remove as little surface as possible, while still removing the tarnish. If your jewelry has already begun to tarnish (golden hue) you may want to use a jeweler’s cloth (rouge cloth.) DO NOT USE ANY ABRASIVE SILVER PASTES OR DIPS. Some of these products can remove relatively large amounts of surface metal and can actually damage your jewelry. If your jewelry is extremely tarnished, please seek advice from a professional before cleaning.

WEBSITE

My website and Facebook business page were designed and constructed by Nicholas Madjerick.

JEWELRY PHOTOGRAPHY

All of my jewelry photography was created by Nicholas Madjerick.

WEB FONT

The font used for the graphics on this website is Goudy Bookletter 1911 by Barry Schwartz (http://www.crudfactory.com) Based on Frederic Goudy's Kennerley Oldstyle.

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