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Caring for Frosted Leaves Jewelry

Caring for Frosted Leaves Jewelry

  • CARING FOR FROSTED LEAVES as you would all your fine jewelry will increase their lifespan and your enjoyment of them.
  • Although Frosted Leaves look very delicate, they are much tougher than they appear! They are coated with several layers of electroplated metal and are as strong as your finest jewelry. A leaf CAN be bent or broken, but only with force. Generally it will not happen accidentally. If it does, let me know! If you have a problem with your Frosted Leaves (for example, they come apart) please contact me so we can make things right. Scroll to the bottom of this page to view our Tutorial Video on How To Clean Sterling Silver Jewelry.

 

  • STORE your Frosted Leaves in small plastic ziplock bags to keep them airtight. Be sure they are completely dry first. This will postpone tarnish for a long time, and prevent abrasion and tangling with other jewelry. Frosted Leaves & Cones have been sprayed with an art sealant to protect them and deter tarnish. The good quality sterling silver, 14k gold-filled, solid copper and surgical steel findings (hooks, threads, rings & chains) used on Frosted Leaves do not have this coating.

 

  • ALWAYS WEAR rubber earring stoppers on your Frosted Leaves earrings to prevent accidental loss of an earring. French hooks can slide out of piercings without the wearer noticing; for example if they catch on a sweater. Matching leaves to create pairs of earrings is challenging, and we may not be able to find a match for your single earring if you lose one. The cost of purchasing one replacement earring is half the price of a pair. The good news is that if you find yourself with only one earring and no match for it, we can turn it into a pendant for you by adding a chain or leather cord!

 

  • CLEAN all Frosted Leaves and Cones (gold, silver and copper) by rinsing in hot soapy water and clean with a cloth. Rinse and dry thoroughly, then seal in a small ziplock bag. Avoid chemicals like hairspray (put jewelry on AFTER your hair is done). Take your jewelry off before going in the water to avoid the chlorine in pools and hot tubs, as chlorine can ruin your jewelry. Avoid handling the leaves and cones more than necessary, as it is possible for the electroplated coating to wear down. A good policy is to put your jewelry on just before you go out the door, and to take it off and store it as soon as you come home.

 

  • REMOVE TARNISH from Silver, Gold and Rose Copper Frosted Leaves and Cones jewelry (when tarnished, silver may look yellowish, gold may look brassy, & rose copper may look brownish). Mold a piece of aluminum foil into the bottom & part-sides of a heatproof glass measuring cup. (I always use my 4-cup so I have room on the bottom to spread things out.) Sprinkle 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda onto the foil in the cup. Place the jewelry on top of the baking soda, ensuring the leaf and chain or hook touch the foil in as many places as possible. Boil about 1 cup of water in a kettle and pour on enough to just cover the jewelry – it will foam up briefly. Stir the pieces with a chopstick to ensure all sides of the jewelry touch the foil. The tarnish will transfer from the pieces to the foil over a minute or two, depending on how badly tarnished the jewelry is. Heavily tarnished items may require this process more than once. Remove the items from the water, then, using an old soft toothbrush and white toothpaste like Crest, gently buff each piece under warm running water on both sides until the jewelry is bright and clean. Rinse thoroughly, then polish it with a soft cloth to completely dry it. Let sit out for an hour to be sure it is completely dry before storing it in a small ziplock bag. This process can be repeated for very tarnished silver, gold or rose copper. Commercial silver cleaners and Elements Sunshine polishing cloths can also be purchased and used. Please view my video tutorial on this process at the bottom of this page.

 

  • BURNISHED COPPER Frosted Leaves (leaves with the orangey copper finish) CANNOT have tarnish removed using the above baking soda method – it will strip the patina off the leaf and leave the piece as rose copper, which is the original color of the copper plating. If your Burnished Copper leaf tarnishes (turning gray, brown, black), contact Wanda at Frosted Leaves by email: wlwatts@telus.net or through this website.

 

Do not use this boiling water/aluminum foil/baking soda cleaning method with beads, pearls, jewels, or anything else that could be damaged by boiling water.

 

Video Tutorial – HOW TO CLEAN STERLING SILVER JEWELRY: