All pieces are made using sterling silver or brass, which are durable materials that can last a lifetime and be passed down for generations with proper care. These metals will naturally develop a surface patina over time with exposure to oxygen and moisture. This is a natural process and there is nothing wrong with the piece if it darkens. Many wearers like the look that this brings but there are ways to bring back their original shine if you prefer and some small steps you can take to keep your pieces looking their best.
METALS & YOUR SKIN
Most metals used in jewelry are alloys containing varying amounts of copper (brass, sterling silver and gold less than 24 KT are all alloys). Depending on skin type and hormones, some wearers may experience discoloration where the jewelry comes into contact with the skin when wearing these metals. This is not a reflection of low jewelry quality, but a natural chemical reaction happening between the oils in your skin and the copper alloy in your jewelry. The pH balance of your body largely determines whether you will experience this with brass or any jewelry containing copper. The higher your pH, the more frequently you may need to clean your jewelry. If skin discoloration occurs, this is perfectly harmless and can be easily removed with soap and water.
The easiest way to clean your Casey Perez jewelry is using a special cleaning polishing cloth. Not every polishing cloth will work for removing tarnish .You need one that’s impregnated with a polishing agent to remove tarnish. All online orders come with a small complimentary cleaning cloth made especially for this purpose and you can buy larger ones here, You can safely use our polishing cloths to clean any jewelry so long as it’s not plated.
Another option for cleaning your piece is using lemon and baking soda. In a small bowl, take half of a lemon and mix with a teaspoon of baking soda to form a paste. If your piece contains stones, apply the paste carefully around them or cover them with a little bit of masking tape as this paste can harm some stones. Apply the mixture to your jewelry and with a cloth gently rub to clean. You can repeat this until the jewelry brightens to your liking. Rinse the paste off thoroughly and pat your piece dry.
STORAGE & MAINTENANCE
The most important thing to remember with storing jewelry is sealing out moisture. The best way to store your jewelry is a sealed zip top bag away from heat and steam. Avoid storing your jewelry in the bathroom or other humid environments. Avoid showering or swimming with your jewelry on and remove before applying any lotion.
CLEANING AND REPAIRS
We want you to have your jewelry forever and as part of our mission to be a more sustainable brand, we offer cleaning and repairs on all jewelry purchased from us. If you feel that your piece is in need of a deep cleaning, we offer polishing services on all jewelry for $7 per piece plus shipping.
Have a pair of earrings and perhaps have lost one? Did you get the chain of your necklace caught on something and it snapped? Accidents happen sometimes and we want to make sure you can continue to enjoy your Casey Perez piece for years to come. Please contact us for a quote on your repair. Please include photos the piece and any details we should now.
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to get your cleaning or repair order started.