METALS + JEWELRY CARE

BASIC JEWELRY CARE
By its very nature jewelry is delicate + should be handled as such. To ensure the longevity of your jewelry, here are some basic tips to help keep you + your jewelry happy together.
 
In general, jewelry does not really like to be wet. Some pieces depending on the metals, stones or other components are more sensitive to moisture than others. If it’s precious to you, make habit of removing your jewelry when swimming, showering or in the sauna.
 
Consider removing when exercising as our perspiration is slightly acidic + over time this builds up on the surface of your jewelry.
 
Always remove your jewelry when you visit the hair dresser. Especially important if you color your hair, as those coloring agents are caustic to your jewelry.
 
If it looks delicate. . . it is DELICATE. Being delicate is not a quality issue and paying a higher price does not mean something isn’t fragile. Please handle accordingly.
 
Always remember to put your jewelry on last when getting dressed. AFTER cosmetics, perfume, hairspray, lotions or other chemical substances that could be corrosive to the metal or stones.
 
Gently wipe your jewelry with a cotton cloth before storage. Store each piece separately in covered jewelry boxes or pouches to avoid tarnishing or scratching.  
 
Of course, jewelry is meant to be loved + worn, just handled with care.  With proper love, your Brevard jewelry will last generations.
 
STERLING SILVER
Over time, sterling silver achieves a beautiful patina as it minges with the oils of your skin. Intentionally crafted with textures that play with natural process of oxidation, recesses darken + high points become brighter accentuating the texture + pattern of each piece. This is the beauty of sterling silver + why it is Brevard’s metal of choice. We think this patina is quite sexy.
 
Our recommendation is not to over polish + rather allow your pieces to weather + wear naturally. The more you wear your pieces, the more the oxidation mingles with the oils of your skin + creates a beautiful patina. Left unworn, silver may appear flat. The oils from your skin are a key element to achieving that lived-in glamor that we love.
 
You may use water with a little mild PH neutral soap + a cotton cloth or soft bristled brush for deeper cleaning. Dry thoroughly. For touch ups, a light sweep with a polishing cloth on the high polish surfaces, allowing the dark to remain in the crevices. Avoid using polishing agents which could strip the finish.
 
If you wish the original finish restored to your Brevard pieces, we recommend sending them to the studio as many of our finishing techniques are proprietary. Each request is handled individually, contact the studio for a project estimate.
 
Antiqued Sterling Silver
Like your favorite pair of jeans, Antiqued Silver already has that laid back, lived in style, we are all looking for. It is effortlessly chic.
 
Best low maintenance advice, is simply to wear your jewelry. The oils from your skin will naturally mingle with the oxidation to creates a beautiful patina the more you wear it.
 
You may use water with a little mild PH neutral soap + a cotton cloth. Dry thoroughly + gently rub the surface with your fingers. For touch ups, a light sweep with a polishing cloth on the high polish points, allowing the dark to remain in the crevices. Avoid using polishing agents which will strip the finish.
 
Oxidized Sterling Silver
Oxidation is a darkening process which creates an aged affect. Levels of darkness can range from light gray to deep black. It is not a permanent treatment + is expected to wear over time. While we love the shifting quality of oxidation, we can of course re-oxidize any design. Contact the studio to restore.
 
We advise allowing your oxidized sterling to weather + wear naturally. Avoid polishing cloths, solutions or compounds.
 
Most designs are available in oxidized silver, please contact the studio for more details.
 
18k Gold
18k gold is 75% pure gold and offered in yellow, rose + white. Rose gold is achieved by increasing the copper + reducing the silver content. Our white gold is palladium based + contains no nickel. Yellow gold is a core metal in the Brevard collection. 
 
Gold is chemically unaffected by air, moisture and most corrosive agents.
 
You may use a little mild PH neutral dish soap + warm water with a cotton cloth or soft bristled brush for deeper cleaning. Avoid using abrasive materials as it can scratch the gold unevenly. Be sure to rinse and wipe gently to dry after cleaning.  
 
Black Rhodium
Our black rhodium designs are sterling silver plated with nickel, gold + black rhodium. By its nature, it is transformative and will weather + wear overtime with a gorgeous metamorphosis of color. AVOID polishing cloths, solutions or compounds which will strip the plating. Instead allow it to do its thing organically.
 
 If you would like to re-plate your jewelry please contact the studio.
 
Platinum
Our platinum is 95% platinum, 5% iridium. Platinum has an ageless beauty, it does not tarnish + or require cleaning.
 
GEMSTONES
Always take care when using polishing solutions on jewelry containing gemstones. Avoid extreme temperature changes and contact with household chemicals. Never expose stones to hot solutions, abrasive cleaners or ultrasonic cleaners. A non-abrasive jewelry cleaner should be okay for most stones, but for home care, we prefer a little water with a little mild PH neutral soap and a cotton cloth.
 
Please note Pearls + Turquoise require extra special care to help preserve their natural beauty.
 
PEARLS
Pearls are mesmerizing with their natural luster + require special care to preserve their natural beauty. No two pearls are alike, which is part of their allure. We work with natural Akoya, Keshi, Tahitian, Freshwater and South Sea Pearls in our designs.
 
Pearls should be the last thing you put on + the first thing you take off. After wearing, wipe with a soft cotton or chamois cloth dry or lightly moistened. This will prevent dirt from accumulating and keep perspiration, which is slightly acidic, from eating away at the pearl’s surface.
 
NEVER use a commercial cleaner or ultrasonic. Do not steam clean. Avoid all contact with hairspray, perfumes, lotions, creams, ammoniated liquid, nail polish remover, detergents, powder cleaners, baking soda or chlorinated water. Ammonia will deteriorate pearls. Never use an abrasive. Avoid wearing with rough fabrics as they may scratch.
 
Pearls maybe washed in water with a few drops of a mild PH neutral soap and a soft cotton cloth. Be sure to rinse, pat gently + lay flat to finish drying on a soft towel. Do not hang to dry. Store in a pouch for protection. If you follow these guidelines your pearls will stay gorgeous for decades.
 
TURQUOISE
Like pearls, turquoise requires special care to preserve their natural beauty. You may gently clean with water with a few drops of mild PH neutral soap and a soft cloth. Be sure to rinse and wipe gently to dry after cleaning. Avoid all contact with hairspray, perfumes, lotions, creams, ammoniated liquid, nail polish remover + chlorinated water.
 
CUBIC ZICORNIA
Not all Cubic Zirconia (CZ) are created equal. We choose a high-quality CZ for its superior ability to refract light. With more brilliance than diamonds, CZ magically plays with the rough hewn textures of the Brevard collection to illuminate + sparkle.
 
Most designs are shown online with a neutral stone to make it easier to imagine color, please contact the studio for additional stone options.