Bijouxbead jewellery is simple to care for. Here are a few simple tips to keep your jewellery looking fabulous for years to come.
Donning: I suggest you follow this simple rule - jewellery should be the last thing you put on and the first thing you take off each day, and avoid wearing it swimming or while using harsh cleaning products. Avoid getting cosmetics, lotions, sunscreens or perfume or on your jewellery by applying those products first, waiting a bit, then donning your jewellery.
Cleaning the glass: If the jewellery gets dirty, it is no problem for the glass, just wipe with a clean lint free cloth, or wash in warm water. That's it! If you really feel it needs it, you can use a mild non-detergent soap. When I clean the glass in the studio before stringing it, I use Dawn. It works very well. You don't really need to dry it, just leave it on a piece of absorbent towel until it is fully dry.
Cleaning the silver and/or gold: Again, wiping with a soft cloth should do the trick. You can use a jewellery cloth specifically, but I don't think it is really necessary. I'm not a fan of jewellery dip cleaner, I think it is toxic and totally unnecessary. For harder to reach places like the little silver spacers between the glass, you can use a small soft toothbrush and warm water. If you want to get a bit fancier, you can use a baking soda solution to scrub the silver and/or gold, but then make sure to rinse the entire piece in warm water after.
Storing: When possible, store your jewellery in the box in came in. This is best, because there is no danger of it getting damaged by hitting, rubbing, or getting tangled up with anything else in your jewellery box. Also, keeping it in a box when not in use is a great way to limit tarnishing. Remember, exposure to air and sunlight will accelerate tarnishing. If keeping your jewellery in its original box is not practical, then I strongly suggest you store each piece individually in a ziplock plastic bag. Again, this will help keep the piece from tarnishing, tangling, scratching or chipping.
The Omega Chains: Sculptural pendants and small floating lentils have been hung on Omega chains. These specialty chains can kink easily if not handled carefully. Gently coil them up when storing, and being careful not to bend them aggressively. The friction fit is beautiful, however, care must be taken to not change the arc of the two parts that fit together. I recommend putting these omegas on backwards, in a mirror, so you can see the ends connecting and push them all the way in without bending them.
The Full Glass Necklaces: These have been strung on stainless steel wire, with a twenty five pound test strength. Storing them flat and not putting any pressure on them will prevent the steel from warping. If it does warp, simply hang the necklace from a hook of some sort for a few days and it will go back to its original shape.
The Bracelets: These have been strung on premium quality stretch cord that is latex and elastic free. They will not fray or loose their shape over time. I've marveled at the strength of this cord, and tried for years to be hard on my own set, to see what the limits actually are. As far as I can see, short of cutting the cord with a knife or scissors, this cord is virtually indestructible.
The Earrings: All earrings are hung on sterling silver. The leverback option is interchangeable, meaning the glass can be removed from the post. I love the simple, clean look of this style of earwire, and as an added bonus, because you can remove the glass, you can rotate it 180 degrees to view the glass from the other side if you wish.
Last note: If you are planning to attend any of the arts and crafts shows that I participate in, please feel free to bring your pieces with you and I will see what I can do on site to polish them up a bit for you.