Jewelry Care

columbine_l_pI make every item carefully by hand. First I emboss the silver or gold with a softly burnished texture. I then cut out each element using a hand made blanking die. The edges are sanded and polished and the pieces are drilled and formed using tools I have created for each shape. Occasionally I solder to connect components but most connections are incorporated into the engineering of the item. Earwires are formed with jigs of my invention. I use the ancient Korean technique of Keum-boo to decorate some surfaces with 24 karat gold.

My jewelry is very easy to care for. Ear wires are inserted from the front and can be worn on either ear although some styles may work best with the tip of the wire curving in toward the face. Polishing cloths should not be used in order to preserve the texture. Tulip Collection- small earringsClean gold or silver pieces by dipping in a solution of warm soapy water and rubbing gently. I like to use Woolite®, especially for pearls. Rinse and dry with a soft cloth. Tarnished pieces can be cleaned by occasionally dipping in Tarn-X ®. Use a solution of half water/half Tarn-X for oxidized pieces. Rinse thoroughly in cold water before washing in warm soapy water and drying. Do not dip pearls in Tarn-X ®, instead apply the solution to the metal with a paper towel, q-tip, or toothpick, avoiding the pearls.

Never clean items with 24K Keum-boo overlay in an ultrasonic cleaner! It will lift up the 24K Keum-boo overlay!

 

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