We want to help you keep your pieces in good shape for years to come, so we’ve put together this guide for cleaning and caring for your jewelry and decor.
Jewelry made of raw brass is great because it is affordable and natural (not chemically plated), but since it’s a natural material (brass + zinc) it changes with time and exposure. Some people like the patina but if not, a little extra attention can bring back the shiny gold tone!
Here are some tips for keeping your brass shiny:
- KEEP IT CLEAN- Wash occasionally with mild soap and water and pat dry. Polishing works much better on clean jewelry, so for best results…keep it clean!
- POLISH- Our favorite way to polish brass is with ketchup – the acid “eats” away any tarnish on the surface. Just put a thin layer of ketchup on the surface of the jewelry and let it sit for 20-60 seconds. You can also wipe it around *gently* with your hand or a soft cloth. Then wash it off with mild soap and water and pat dry. You can also use a jewelry polishing cloth (just be gentle if your jewelry has any charms attached.)
- FOR VERY TARNISHED JEWELRY- You can always send jewelry to us for polishing at no charge, we’ll give it some attention with our special sandpapers and other pro polishing tools (we just ask you to pay shipping)
- OTHER TIPS- Brass can tarnish in response to moisture and air exposure, so storing it in a sealed jewelry box can also reduce tarnishing.
We love wood because it lends itself well to bespoke hand painted pieces in addition to being a sustainable resource. Almost all of our wood is sourced from a small family-owned mill, using locally and sustainably forested trees.
JEWELRY & DECOR
- AVOID MOISTURE- We seal jewelry and housewares to help protect and keep them clean. Even so, it’s a natural material that’ll be affected by moisture. Keep your wood jewelry out of the shower and away from the pool party. If jewelry or decor gets wet, wipe dry with a soft cloth.
Our tea strainers are made of solid cherry, a durable and food-safe wood that will stand up to heat and moisture. We condition them with a mixture of beeswax and natural oils.
- CONDITIONING- To keep tea strainers in good condition, apply occasional coatings of oil – you can make your own blend of coconut oil and beeswax, food-grade mineral oil, or use a store bought butcher block oil/sealer.
- CLEANING- If you want to wash it, wipe with a damp sponge. A small amount of soap is ok. Be sure to dry with a towel once it’s clean. For best results, condition it with oil once it’s fully dry. Never let it soak.
Generally you can wipe acrylic with a dry cloth. To clean, use warm water and a lint-free/microfiber cloth. If needed, add a tiny amount of soap or gentle, non-abrasive cleaner. You can also use pre-moistened wipes meant to lens/glasses cleaning. Anything else may scratch the surface. Do not use alcohol-based cleaners.
We use acrylic or glass mirrors. If you’re unsure which one is used in your piece, contact us to confirm. A clean lint free microfiber or wipes made for lens cleaning is a great choice for either surface.
- Follow care instructions listed above.
- Spray a glass cleaner on a cloth/paper and wipe clean.
JEWELRY CHAIN + FINDINGS
We use a variety of materials for jewelry chain & findings (necklace clasps, earring hooks, connectors). As a general guideline, try to keep it dry and avoid wearing directly after applying moisturizers to your skin.
The shop listing for your jewelry contains info about which chain or earring hook is used. Since there are so many variables, please contact us for specific care instructions or questions about materials.
GET IN TOUCH
We’ve tried to be thorough, and we recognize this is a lot of info! If you have any questions or need clarifications, we’re happy to help. Reach out via our contact form.