This page if for helpful information about the types of wire I use and general care of the jewelry. If you have any questions just send me a message and I'll get back to you shortly.
The majority of my pieces are created using raw copper wire. The wire has been oxidized and polished to give it that antiqued look.
Many of my pieces are made using Sterling Silver Filled wire. Silver filled wire is a wonderful option for artisans who want to make precious silver jewelry but don't want the high cost of solid sterling or fine silver! Silver fill is made by using heat and pressure to apply a thick layer of silver to a base of less costly metal. This produces a silver surface that is 100's of times thicker than a plating.
Solid Sterling Silver can be requested and used for custom orders. Occasionally, I will offer select individual pieces in Solid Sterling Silver. Please inquire for a quote using Solid Sterling wire.
Any custom pieces can be done in copper, Sterling Silver filled or Solid Sterling. I can give price quotes for each type so that you can make the decision that best fits your needs.
CARE OF YOUR JEWELRY
All copper, silver, bronze and brass items will tend to tarnish over time. When not wearing your jewelry, it is best to keep it in a plastic bag. Anti-tarnish tabs are also available to help prevent tarnish. Polish gently with a jewelry polishing cloth. You can use a silver polish cloth on Argentium Sterling Silver. If your jewelry item has had a patina added to give it an antique appearance, beware of using silver polishing cloths as this may remove the patina, but a regular polishing cloth is fine. Silver polishing cloths usually have a special cleaner built into the cloth.
For a more thorough cleaning you can use lukewarm water, a mild dish soap like Dawn and a soft toothbrush to clean your jewelry. Do NOT use the toothbrush on plated items. Make sure to dry all jewelry completely with a microfiber cloth.
Do not use silver polish or polishing cloths on plated jewelry items as it will strip away the tarnish resistant coating as well as strip away the fine silver layer and eventually reveal the copper or brass core. Instead use warm soapy water and a soft cloth. Dry with a soft cloth. Never use a toothbrush on rhodium coated items or silver plated items.
For all your jewelry items, avoid wearing them in the pool, steam room, or exposing them to harsh chemicals.
Care of Gemstones: Be particular about your gemstones that can be wet or soaked in water. Do not use silver polishes on the gemstones. Below are some cleaning categories and the stones that are affected.
Safe in anything: Diamonds and Spinels
Safe in lukewarm but not hot water: (unless lead glass filled), sapphire, topaz, aquamarine, tourmaline, amethyst, citrine, smoky quartz, rock crystal, Zircon, cubic zirconia, onyx, Garnet, jade, peridot, moonstone, hematite, tanzanite
Don't soak in anything: Emerald, opal, lapis lazuli, cameos (shell and wedge wood), coral, pearls (including cultured, simulated, and mother of pearl), ivory, amber and malachite
Do not get wet: Opal doublets and triplets (thin layer of opal cemented to another stone backing), turquoise (some have been enhanced with artificial dyes), any charms or jewelry made with paper inserts
Ultrasonic cleaners: Do not use this on silver, gold or rhodium plated items. Safe to use sterling silver. Do not use on gemstones that do not tolerate soaking or getting wet. Also avoid with any stones with cracks inclusions. This includes colored diamonds.