At Megan Goldner Designs our jewellery is crafted to last a lifetime, however with normal wear proper care is required to keep it looking good.
As a result we’ve created this Jewellery Care Guide to direct your in the proper care of your jewellery. We hope that you’ll find these guidelines helpful.
Caring and cleaning for Sterling Silver and precious metals
Caring and cleaning for Copper, Bronze & Brass
With the cost of gold being so high, brass is an excellent alternative to those whole love the warm, rich color of gold but can’t afford it’s price tag. However, the swap to brass does come with some (minor) care responsibilities. But follow the steps below and you’ll be able to enjoy your brass jewelry for years to come.
- Brass (or any other metals) does not like getting wet. Want to tarnish brass quickly? Just get it a little damp and you’ll see a brown patina form. While this can be quite lovely sometimes, if you’d like your brass jewellery to shine like gold, keep it dry!
- Inevitably, however, no matter how hard you try to keep your jewellery dry, it will tarnish and oxidize over time. Oils and sweat are the main culprits here. To clean flat surfaces or jewellery that has detail you don’t want to disturb, like stampings, buff the piece with a jewellery polishing cloth, or use fine steel wool available at any hardware store. You’ll be surprised at how quickly a light buff will restore shine. You can also use products like Brasso to lightly buff your piece with.
- For a deeper clean in those hard-to-reach areas, create a mixture of lemon juice, baking powder, and water. Apply a little bit to your item and gently scrub with a soft toothbrush. The toothbrush should help you get into those dirty nooks and crannies, making your jewellery shining once again..
- Some people have an allergy to copper, bronze and brass that causes a tint to be left behind on the skin. We take all necessary care and precautions by sealing your copper, bronze and brass jewellery to prevent discoloration of your skin, but please note that there is no fail safe, and our protective coating might rub off with extreme usage.
Every resin item is crafted by us is precious and sentimental. In most cases, these pieces contain precious inclusions that are irreplaceable. Care should be taken to avoid excessive exposure to heat, moisture and UV light. Resin items should never be exposed chemicals, oils or perfumes. These factors can discolour and degrade resin.
We live in an interesting time, with crazy rules and even crazier rituals.
Although we 100% fully agree that all hands can do with more sanitizer, there is no regulations for hand sanitizers at the moment and with each store that we enter serving up their own unique sanitizing cocktail, the only standard thing we can hope for is at least a 70% alcohol content.
Pure alcohol is effective in killing germs, but this also unfortunately means that it is quite harsh on our skin as well as on the jewellery we wear. With the mixture of alcohol and chemicals in these sanitizing cocktails, we would strongly advise you to keep your resin jewellery far away from hand sanitizers.
In order to clean your resin pieces, give your piece a quick wash using a soft toothbrush or soft cloth, using mild soap in lukewarm water. Rinse and dry with microfiber cloth.
Do not submerge your resin piece, and do not soak it.
Please keep in mind that current resin technologies (the jeweler’s grade molding medium) have varying degrees of slight yellowing over time (UV light speeds this yellowing as the hardeners absorb UV light). It is the nature of the substances; usually the solvent hardeners that are the problem. Chemically speaking, some companies (the ones who advertise “non-yellowing resins”) add blue tint to these hardeners, or UV absorbents to try to make the clarity last, but since the absorbents are not catalytic, they eventually break down, and the resin gets a yellow tint-if you have taken chemistry, think of it as a half-life.
As such, when purchasing these pieces as Keepsake jewellery, or to “pass down to someone,” please keep this in mind. It does not change that your keepsakes are encased and preserved, just that the coloring may slightly change in 2, 5, or even 10 years.
We use various resins that is specifically made for jewellery, but in our experience, and the experience of older jewellers under whom we have mentored who have been working with this substance for 35+ years-all resins slightly yellow eventually.
We don’t want this to deter you from purchasing a piece, we only want to be honest and transparent about resin.
PLEASE NOTE: Grey / white / very light blonde hair might turn translucent inside resin and as a result might not be visible.
Anyone that has a collection of jewellery can appreciate how difficult it can often be to keep it organized. To improve the enjoyment of your jewellery , we’ve assembled these suggestions that should keep your jewellery organized and orderly:
Store your jewellery in a container and prevent pieces from moving around. While fabric-lined jewellery boxes are ideal, this can be as simple as using a shoe box and pieces of fabric.
Sometimes jewellery tarnishes when it’s not worn, especially silver and gold. To maintain the luster of your jewellery , place silver anti-tarnish strips in your storage container to absorb the oxidants that discolor and tarnish jewellery .
Unfortunately, jewellery can get lost or stolen. Taking a regular inventory can be incredibly useful when making an insurance claim or filing a police report. A photograph, a written physical description of each piece and it’s cost is ideal. Furthermore, store that information apart from your jewellery in the event it is taken too
Travelling can be tough on jewellery, so it’s wise to use a travel case to protect your favorite pieces. Traditionally made of fabric or leather, a jewellery travel case can carry jewellery of all types and easily rolls up to a size that’s easily stored in most suitcases, makeup cases or business attaches. Clearly, a case like this is a good investment to protect your jewellery on the road.
Jewellery is worn by millions of people every day, but few recognize how they can preserve their treasures by using some simple advanced planning and thought. Here are some basic guidelines to consider when wearing jewellery:
– When performing manual tasks, remove your MGD jewellery to prevent physical damage or exposure to chemicals or cleaning fluids. Some tasks that should be avoided when wearing jewellery include kitchen work, gardening, cleaning the house and other common tasks.
– Cosmetics, hairspray, perfumes and lotion can contain chemicals that can often damage jewellery . Putting jewellery on after applying these materials will limit exposure to jewellery and any potential damage.
– Chlorinated water can react with the metals found in jewellery causing color changes and even structural damage. As a result it’s a good idea to remove jewellery before entering the pool or spa.
– Hard blows during sports can damage jewellery not to mention the people involved. All jewellery should be removed before play begins.
– Remove all jewellery before showering or cleaning. Soap can cause a film to form, making it appear dull and dingy. By preventing the formation of this film you immediately reduce the occasions of servicing.
– Polish silver with a jewellery polishing cloth for best results. Use of tissue or paper towels can cause scratches because of fibers in these products.
– Cleaning your own jewellery regularly can keep it looking good, but be careful. You can either purchase commercial cleaners from a jeweller or make a cleaning a solution yourself. Rubbing alcohol can work wonders, but bleach can literally destroy jewellery so avoid it at all costs.
– Using warm water is the best bet when cleaning your own jewellery . Hot water can cause reaction with the cleaning fluids resulting in discoloration and Sterling Silver is especially susceptible to this problem. Should this occur, this problem can be remedied by buffing and the application of a tarnish remover.
– Never clean any jewellery that is damaged, cracked or broken, since the additional handling is likely to exacerbate or worsen the problem. If you find that a piece of jewellery is damaged, it should be set aside for repair as soon as possible.
Just like anything else, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. When having your jewellery professionally cleaned, it’s a good idea to have each item checked and inspected for any possible problems. Addressing signs of damage, or loose gemstones will prevent any further damage or loss and keep all of your pieces in excellent shape for years.