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  • Announcement: New Retail Location at Arden Jewelers in Sacramento, CA

    I am thrilled to have my mountain jewelry collection for sale at Arden Jewelers in Sacramento, California!  Click here to read the formal announcement and to learn more about my mountain jewelry and Arden Jewelers.

    Stay tuned for more exciting announcements!

  • How to Clean Sterling Silver Jewelry

    One of the most common questions I get is how to clean sterling silver jewelry, particularly if there are stones.  Sterling silver jewelry can tarnish over time, which is due to the oxidation of the alloy in silver (usually that alloy is copper).  Since many stones may be damaged in commercial sterling silver cleaner solutions, I suggest these three alternative ways to clean your sterling silver jewelry:

    1. Simple silver polishing cloth:  If the piece of jewelry is smooth and the jewelry pieces has stones, you can take a simple silver polishing cloth and rub gently in a back and forth motion to remove tarnish.  Be sure to avoid using the polishing cloth over the stone. The downfall is that your hands may blacken and you will need to clean up!  Silver polishing cloths can be purchased through Amazon or Target.
    2. Baking soda: For textured silver, put a dab of baking soda on a soft bristle toothbrush, add a bit of water to make a paste and brush gently on the silver (avoiding brushing stones). Rinse under lukewarm water and dry with a soft, clean, lint-free cotton cloth.  Avoid paper towels or tissues as they can scratch the silver.
    3. Baking soda, salt, aluminum foil, and water:  For sterling silver chains and for heavy tarnished silver jewelry that do not have stones, you can use this environmentally-friendly cleaning solution:  in a bowl or baking dish, line with aluminum foil (shiny side up), place silver jewelry on foil, add boiling water until pieces are covered and then add 2 tbsp. baking soda and 2 tbsp. salt, stir until dissolved. Wait 5-10 minutes, and pull jewelry out with salad tongs and put in colander to rinse.  *Note: there will be a sulfur/rotten egg smell.  Rinse jewelry with lukewarm water, and then dry with a clean, soft, lint free cloth.   

    To prevent your sterling silver jewelry from tarnishing in the future, store each jewelry piece in ziplock plastic baggies.  The airtight seal will prevent the oxidation reaction from happening and will slow down tarnishing.

    One last note:  Silver plated, silver-filled, fine silver, and other silver-like metals such as argentium may have different needs for care and cleaning.  Be sure to consult with a professional jeweler on proper care of these metals.

     

  • Connect Your Jewelry Style with Your Passion

    I gave some considerable thought to my welcome on my home page.  After several revisions, it dawned on me: my collections reflect a certain driven passion.  So, what is your passion?  

    • Do you live for the weekends to spend in the mountains or at the beach?  
    • Do you crave adventure and your vacations are centered around bucket-list items?
    • Do you invest in one of a kind, handcrafted art for your home, gift art to your friends, and love spending weekends shopping at art shows?  
    • Do you have an unconventional life and do not subscribe to social norms?  
    • Or are you, like me, a combination of these things?  

    If you love spending time in nature, you may be drawn to jewelry that is nature themed (such as my Mountain Love jewelry collection) or jewelry that incorporates elements of nature, such as natural stones, which can be found in my Natural Stone jewelry collection.

    If you crave adventure, you may need jewelry that travels well and can be worn with multiple outfits as you are jet-setting to your next destination to surf in Costa Rica or kayak in New Zealand.  Versatile jewelry found in my Personalized Jewelry collection serves that need.

    If you are an art enthusiast, you may enjoy wearing jewelry inspired by art deco or a statement piece that will turn heads and start up a conversation.  My Abstract Sterling Silver or Natural Stone jewelry collections are mini works of wearable art.  

    If you are a free spirit who takes the road less traveled, my Mixed Metal jewelry collection has a perfect blend of rustic and organic elements.  

    Or, maybe you are like me, who one day wears a dainty birthstone necklace but another day wears a wide labradorite cuff bracelet as a statement piece for a night out.  I invite you to peruse my website to find your next favorite accessory.  I would love to know what your favorites are!