Can I use my ultrasonic cleaner on handmade jewelry?
While it may be possible with some designs, we do not recommend anything except gentle hand washing. Unlike mass-produced jewelry where components are typically machine-made in bulk – artisan jewelry uses a wider variety of materials from varying sources around the world within a single design. Our unique jewelry typically is comprised of components with differing care needs.
What if I damage my necklace when cleaning it?
Included in every order are detailed care instructions to avoid cleaning damage. We do not guarantee your Rose of Sharon Jewelry against damage that occurs during cleaning such as soaking, chemical cleaners, ultrasonic cleaners or from improper storage.
If you do damage your Rose of Sharon Jewelry, save all components and send us a note with all the “dirty” details. We’ll do our best to help you with a satisfactory repair.
How should I clean my Rose of Sharon Jewelry with silver?
The first step is to prevent oxidation. When air and silver meet oxidation occurs and your jewelry becomes tarnished (dull to dark). Store your silver pieces in plastic bags (seal part way and push out the air before totally sealing) and store in a dark place. Silk pouches and other cloth bags will also work. Include a swatch of silver anti-oxidation paper in each bag for additional protection.
Silver anti-tarnish papers and polishing (rouge) cloths are safe; however, silver dips, pastes and creams (chemical treatments) and the old aluminum foil trick can be hazardous to pearls and other porous materials.
WARNING: Be very gentle when cleaning antiqued, Bali or other deliberately darkened silver. Aggressive cleaning will remove the desired patina.