How do you find that unique item of jewelry?
Gemstone & Custom Jewelry:
- Exclusive: Elenore Arlene Collection
- Unique & Unusual
- Old World
- Oriental & Asian
- Scandinavian & Dutch
- Space & Fossils
- Native Sherd
Distinctive Jewelry Genres:
- From the Sea
- Into the Sky
- Seeds & Nuts
- Future Green Earth
- Glass Works
- Chain Maille
- Gothic & Fantasy
- Watches & Bracelets
After each wearing, gently wipe your jewelry with a 100% cotton cloth to clean off the oils or make-up that may have collected during wearing. To help retard tarnish on sterling silver, store in a jeweler’s tissue and place inside a plastic zip-lock bag and seal. Sterling silver is a very soft metal, which can be easily marred.
To remove fingerprints, light grease or dirt, add a small amount of mild liquid soap to a half cup of warm water; soak 2 to 3 minutes; rinse thoroughly with clean water; and dry completely before storing in an air tight plastic bag. Extended soaking may harm the polish on soft stones such as amber, lapis lazuli and turquoise. Never use toothpaste or chlorine products on your fine jewelry. Bleach in swimming pools and hot tubs can cause gold and other metal alloys to breakdown leaving the metal irreparably damaged. If severely tarnished, a little silver polish on a cotton cloth will help. Be sure to rinse under lukewarm water and dry with a soft cloth or towel.
Keep pearls in a special pouch or in a box when not in use. Skin oils, powder and perfume will eventually build up on pearl surfaces. A light cleaning with mild soap and water on a soft cloth will keep pearls looking fresh. Dry with a clean, soft towel.
Genetics is one of the main factors that many people believe contributes to metallic allergies. While it is very likely you will have the same allergies as your parents, the truth is, in fact, the opposite. Where a parent might be allergic to peanuts, a child can be allergic to ragweed. Skin allergies may react in the same fashion. If you have in the past had any of the symptoms listed below, please contact your physician and avoid wearing the metallic alloy which is causing problems. Some of the findings in the affordable line may contain a nickel or lead alloy, and it will be noted. Also, all crystals contain a trace amount of lead in them. If you have had a reaction in the past, please refrain from purchasing this category of products.
Metal allergy refers to a hypersensitive reaction of the body against metal substances. One of the most common types of metal allergies found in jewelry is a skin allergy against nickel. Nickel is often found is less expensive jewelry’s metallic findings and clasps made from nickel or with high nickel alloys. Other common metals that may cause allergy symptoms are chromate, lead and cobalt. This type of sensitive reactions can irritate the skin, cause rashes, eczema and inflammation when in close contact with a metal allergens. Other symptoms commonly discovered with metal allergies are itching, redness and rash. The popularity of body piercings has caused more people to have metal allergy symptoms due to the constant contact of the metal with the skin. Silver and gold plating today generally do not have a metal base, which may cause a concern; however, copper is being used today more extensively as a silver-plating base alloy in the U.S. and many European countries. Clasps and some beads which have been made in China continue to have a small amount of lead as a base alloy. Most other metals like sterling silver, gold, rhodium and copper have not revealed hypersensitivity for most wearers.
As a jewelry retailer, I want to make sure our clients are safe, thus Absolutely Unique, L.L.C. takes special precautions to assure that the lead, chromate, cobalt or nickel bases are labeled to ensure you have previous knowledge prior to purchase. Most people do not have reactions to the above named chemical elements, and thus are able to wear even the noted metals with no difficulty at all. If you have ever bought a necklace at a discount store, you have probably been exposed with no reaction. We just want to make sure that our clients who are affected are made aware.