♥ Most of my hand-stamped RINGS and BRACELETS are 1100 pure aluminum (check the individual listing descriptions) which is safe on your skin. There is a much lower rate of skin reaction with PURE ALUMINUM than with sterling silver. But please be aware: ANTI BACTERIAL SOAP AND BLEACH CAN TURN YOUR METAL DARK! So be careful when handling these products while wearing this jewelry.
♥ I use high quality CHAIN from a supplier within the United States. All of my necklace and bracelet chains are made from solid brass, which is naturally hypo-allergenic, and they are plated and nickel-free. Good for anyone with allergies.
I DO NOT RECOMMEND CLEANING THE CHAIN WITH ANY JEWELRY CLEANER, POLISH, OR CHEMICAL SOLUTION AS YOU CAN STRIP THE PLATING. I have worn my chains for years and never had to clean them and they're still shiny. ♥ But everybody's body chemistry is different and reacts differently to metals.
If you would like to clean your necklace chain, my chain supplier recommends you simply soak your chain in a small bowl with MR. CLEAN MULTI-PURPOSE CLEANER. She says she's been using Mr. Clean with a toothbrush on her wedding ring for years to keep it clean and shiny! Just be careful NOT to get the hand-stamped pendant wet! (What I tried was to pour a small of Mr. Clean into a shallow plastic bowl and then set my pendant on top of a few pennies stacked inside the bowl. That way the chain can soak, but the pendant stays dry!)
DON'T USE A JEWELRY CLOTH TO CLEAN THE CHAIN -- if the cloth is too abrasive, it could strip the plating. If you need to dry your chain, simply pat it dry with a paper towel.
♥ Some of the items in my shop may have rough/sharp edges and/or small charms attached; they are intended for adults and not children. Please use caution when allowing children to wear/play with jewelry and accessories as they could easily break, be damaged or have sharp edges.
In many of my listings, I use stainless steel stamping blanks. I like stainless steel better than silver because it doesn't tarnish, doesn't rust, and doesn't change color. It's also hypoallergenic, doesn't contain lead and is very durable and shiny.
♥ You can use a soft cloth to clean your stainless steel discs, but I recommend using polish pads to keep them shiny and free of fingerprints.
♥ You can also use a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser to clean/shine your stainless steel discs. I DO NOT RECOMMEND USING ANY CHEMICALS OR CLEANERS ON MY CHARMS OR HAND-STAMPED METALS OR CHAIN AS THIS CAN CAUSE DAMAGE OR DISCOLORATION.
Besides stainless steel, other metals I use are gold, silver, pewter, aluminum, copper and brass. I coat my stainless steel, silver, pewter, aluminum, NuGold, brass and bright copper discs with a microcrystalline wax to preserve the finish. You can buy microcrystalline wax online or at a jewelry store to preserve your discs or use a soft cloth to lightly buff and shine them.
All metals (except stainless steel) can eventually tarnish over time. Tarnish is accelerated by moisture sulfur in the air. Everybody's skin reacts differently to different metals so your body chemistry could also tarnish your jewelry faster than somebody else's.
FACTORS THAT ACCELERATE TARNISH:
* Lotions, perfumes, make-up and hairspray can speed up tarnishing.
* If someone has an acidic diet and consumes a lot of coffee, eggs, onions, etc, that can cause tarnish.
* High humidity can speed up tarnishing, so jewelry may tarnish in a humid environment -- don't keep it in the bathroom! Depending on where you live, in climates with higher humidity, you may see certain metals tarnish faster.
* The alkalinity of your sweat can speed up tarnishing, so it's a good idea to remove jewelry while working out.
* Don't wear jewelry around a pool/hot tub or while swimming/showering, the chlorine, humidity and pool chemicals can cause tarnish.
* Remove jewelry when you're cleaning; bleach and other household chemicals can be harmful to your jewelry.
CARE FOR YOUR JEWELRY:
* A jewelry polishing cloth can remove tarnish. Be sure to use it at the first sign you see yellowing / tarnish.
* Never wrap jewelry in newspapers or plastic as these can cause your jewelry to tarnish. Add rubber bands to the list of materials that should not be used to pack jewelry.
* Store in a cool, dry place. A closed container like a dresser drawer or a jewelry box is good storage. And try not to have other jewelry / metals touching when stored as that can accelerate tarnishing.
* Store each piece separately. The best way is to wrap each piece with non-buffered tissue paper so they don't scratch each other and then keep them in polyethylene bags or storage boxes.
***The Golden Rule for Jewelry: it’s the last thing you put on, and the first thing you take off when you get home. Depending on your body chemistry, the food you eat, and the products you use, make-up, lotions and hair sprays can also cause jewelry to tarnish.