Caring for Your Sea Glass Jewelry . . . .
Jewelry Care - With proper care, your sterling silver jewelry can last a lifetime. Lita Sea Glass Jewelry uses sterling silver in all of our desings (unless otherwise noted as 14k gold). Sterling silver can tarnish (a natural process also called oxidation) when it is exposed to the elements and every day products such as lotions and perfumes. It is suggested to apply all personal prodcuts before putting on your sea glass jewelry.
Wear your sea glass jewelry often! Wearing your jewelry will actually help prevent tarnish because the natural oils in your skin will reflect the tarnish process....pretty neat!
To minimize scratches and other damage, store your sterling silver jewelry either in a cloth pouch or separate compartment in your jewelry box.
Although it is helpful to take precautions like those liseted above to help prevent silver tarnish build up it is also advised to clean and care for your sterling silver sea glass jewelry on some what of a regular basis, or as you see it's needed.
To clean your sterling silver jewelry you can use a polish cloth that is specifically formulated to remove tarnish and tarnish bulid up. We sell silver polish cloths here on our website and one cloth will last for years! Make sure to read the directions on the back of the cloth before use and please, please, please do not wash your jewelry cloth as it will remove the anti-tarnish formula. Tarnish is most easily removed when it first beomes visible so make sure to give your jewelry a polish as soon every now and then to give it a nice shine and keep tarnish at bay.
Over time you might notice that your sea glass becomes a little dull or has smudges of dirt, dark spots or even tiny gray scratches. This may occur when your sea glass come into contact with things such as lotions, soaps, metals or even the oils in your skin. To restore the luster and color of your sea glass add a little bit of a soft dish soap to a small bowl of water. Using a soft tooth brush gently brush the surfece of the sea glass with the soap and water mixture. Rinse it clean with warm water and then let air dry or blow dry making sure to absorbe all the left over water.
About Sterling Silver . . .
Lita Sea Glass Jewelry uses .925 sterling silver in almost all of our designs unless otherwise stated as 14k gold or 14k gold filled. We take pride in each and every piece of jewelry that we create and strive to make top quality unique designs. Keeping this concept in mind please know that each and every last piece of your jewelry, right down to the wire (literally!) is made with solid sterling silver for strength and durability. This guide will help you learn to identify quality in sterling silver jewelry and give you some background information about sterling silver itself.
Pure silver is relatively soft, very malleable, and easily damaged so it's commonly combined with other metals to produce a more durable product. The most popular of these alloys is stering silver, which consists of 92.5 percent silver and 7.5 percent copper.
Although any metal can make up the 7.5 percent portion of sterling, experimentation with sterling silver jewelry has shown that copper is the best choice. It helps to improve the metals hardness and durability with out effecting it's beautiful color. It is this addtion of the 7.5 percent copper that is mostly responsible for the tarnish or oxidation process when exposed to common elements such as air and sunlight.
The small amount of copper added to the silver does not affect the metal's value. Purchasing sterling silver jewelry is a smart investment because over the years the value of the metal has consistantly gone up and has more then doubled over the past 20 years. The price of sterling silver when used in jewelry is not only based on the amount of silver use but also by important factors like the labor involved in making the item, the skill of the craftsperson and the intricacy of the design.
Stamp of Approval . . .
All high quality sterling silver designer jewelry is marked or stamped to show proof that it is created from fine materials. This mark designated the precious metal content of the jewelry, and under federal law is required to be accompanied by the maker's name or trademark logo. All of Lita Sea Glass Jewelry's bezel set designs are stamped .925 (the code for sterling silver) along with "Lita" to designate the authenticity of our designs prodcuts.