All AVR jewelry is handmade with .925 sterling silver. Some pieces may include bronze or copper as accent metals to the silver. All of these metals can tarnish over time which is a natural occurrence were the metal darkens and seems to look discolored. This discoloration can range from a light yellow/gold to a dark black/brown color. To avoid tarnish enjoy wearing your pieces regularly, keep away from cosmetics, hair products, salt water and anything that may contain sulfur. Be sure not to submerge your silver jewelry in water for long periods of time and be sure to remove it when bathing or swimming. To remove tarnish from your silver jewelry I recommend using a silver polishing cloth and silver polish which you can purchase from a local jeweler or online. Should you see tarnish appear on a Little Dark Cloud, this is due to the matte finish on the cloud surface. You can easily remove this tarnish with a very high grit sand paper (1500 grit or higher) by rubbing the sand paper back and forth over the cloud and finishing with a polishing cloth.
Opals are beautiful and rare gifts from our Earth but are very fragile. Many natural opals contain about 5-6% water and submerging an opal in water will not damage it. However, submerging a natural opal in water will make the opal appear clear until the opal dries completely. Keep your opal away from cosmetics, hair products, lotions and refrain from dropping or hitting the opal on any hard/sharp objects. Avoid ultrasonic cleaners and any harsh chemicals.
Pearls are resilient and meant to be worn, but they are also delicate and require proper care. Keep away from lotions, hair products, and cosmetics and be sure to wipe down with a micro-fiber or jewelry polishing cloth after it's been worn. Pearls are exceptionally shock-resistant, but may be scratched if in contact with sharp objects. Be sure to store in a safe, cool and dry place when not being worn. However, leaving your pearl for long periods may cause it to dehydrate, so enjoy it frequently!
Most AVR jewelry contains a form of turquoise or other gemstone. Like any stone avoid dropping, scratching and hitting sharp or hard objects as this can cause the stone to crack or chip. To see the hardness of a specific stone on the Mohs scale visit gemselect.com and view the easy to read chart.
Patina is a chemical (usually sulfur) used to create the black, velvety recessed parts on a piece of jewelry. Patina is usually used when stamping or when layers of metal are used to create depth. Although patina is usually done with chemicals it can wear off with time if not properly cared for. Keep any piece containing patina away from water, salt water, cosmetics, and hair products as contact with any of these can cause corrosion of the patina. This corrosion will give the patina an unflattering green color that can only be repaired by removing the original patina, applying a fresh coat and re-polishing (repair and return shipping costs will apply). Refrain from rubbing the patina with your fingers as this can remove it if done frequently for long periods of time.