Welcome to my new fashion and art blog which I hope you will find helpful if not amusing at times as I cover twists and trends related to my art, whether it’s about the care of my sterling sculpture jewelry or a photography project that has me humbled. I’m new to blogging but have wanted to do it for a long time. It has just taken me awhile to get around to it. For this first blog post I’ve chosen a subject that I feel is real important to the care of my sterling sculpture necklaces. Hopefully it will help you understand the minimal care needed if you are considering purchasing one or if you already have one, two or three!
To care for your sterling sculpture necklace and retain its original shape, gently slip it on and off your neck when trying on, rather than stretching it over your head. This should prevent it from stretching out too far. To reduce tarnish, first, wear it a lot and rinse it with cool water after every wear. Pat it dry with a soft cloth or bath towel. Allow it to completely air dry overnight before storing in an airtight box or pouch. Store in a cool dry place or tarnish proof pouch to also reduce tarnish. Use only a non-abrasive polishing cloth for touch ups. Sterling flatware cleaners are not recommended for cleaning sterling jewelry. Some cleaners can damage the stones and sterling. If you’re in the area, you can always drop off at my studio for cleaning. Please call, text or e-mail first! Most professional jewelers will know how to clean as well.
For travel, keep your necklace in the box provided or something similar to keep the sculpted design from flattening out. When flying, be sure to carry it on board with you in a bag that will stay with you. I’ve seen how the airlines sometimes throw suitcases 30 feet to store underneath the plane when the carry-on bags don’t fit in the overhead bins. Most of the stones I use are breakable, some more fragile than others.
Dont’ forget – register to win a free sterling wave necklace by visiting my studio at Tapp’s Art Center during our First Thursday evening art event June 4th, or by appointment throughout the remainder of May and June. A drawing will be held in July. You do not have to be present to win.
tip:sterling jewelry tarnishes quicker near the ocean so extra special care if you are lucky enough to live at the beach!