Jewelry Care

Jewelry is one of our most intimate and cherished accessories. Understanding how to care for and protect your treasured jewelry can make a world of difference in maintaining its beauty and keeping your heirlooms sparkling for generations to come.

7 Willows Studio jewelry is handcrafted from 925 sterling silver and embedded with Swarovski or Preciosa crystals. Your jewelry may tarnish, please do not worry- this is normal.  One or few crystals may fell out, please do not worry- your jewelry is covered with  lifetime guarantee, let us know and we will fix it for free.  On the other hand- the proper care, storage and cleaning of your jewelry will help maintain the appearance of your piece as brand new for a very very long time!  
Here are few obvious and simple rules:
  • 1. Always put on your  jewelry last to avoid contact with hair products, perfumes, cosmetics or lotions. Overtime, these products will build residue on your jewelry.
  • 2. Keep your jewelry away from household  chemicals. 
  • 3. Do not wear your jewelry in the water: ocean, hot tub, sauna, pool, bath or shower, etc. as water, heat or chlorine will damage your piece.
  • 4. Use caution when using sterling silver cleansers or jewelry solvents as they may harm ceramic and crystals. But we do recommend  that you clean your jewelry on a regular basis to keep it fully functional and sparkling. Place your jewelry  into lukewarm water with a few drops of dish washing liquid or mild soap, rub and lightly with fingers. After cleaning, use fresh lukewarm water to remove remaining soap. Lay jewelry on a cloth to dry, do not use a towel as the lint can be caught  and impact the the appearance. After it dries, use special jewelry polishing cloths to polish your jewelry. 
  • 5. Periodically examine your clasps and settings to ensure a secure fit, inspect your jewelry for missing stones and get it repaired  if so. 
  • 6. Remove your jewelry at the end of day. Never go to sleep with your jewelry on, it is a sure way to damage it, make it tarnish more faster or even break. Besides damaging your jewelry, it could also color, injure or scratch your skin. This also applies when you exercise. The greenish/dark gray traces left on the skin are due to a chemical reaction between the metal and acidity of the skin.  The sweat  will tend to naturally amplify it.  Simply put-  for any activity, that does not require the presence of jewelry, go without!  
  • 7. Always clean your jewelry after each wear  and just before storing it. This may seem a little laborious, but it`s actually very useful to see your jewelry last. Look at it as the "make-up removal".  You don`t have to wash it, you only need to wipe your jewelry down with a jewelry wipe or any soft cloth to remove any product residues and sweat that accelerates oxidation. Some soap, oil or perfume  may have accidentally gotten on your skin  and jewelry during the day.
  • 8. Proper jewelry storage is often overlooked. Jewelry should never be tossed into a drawer or on top of a dresser. We all have our tastes and habits when it comes to storing our jewelry. Whether it`s in the box, bag, on the display or even  loose in the special jewelry place- all is pretty much good, except one place.The bathroom! Never leave your jewelry in the bathroom. It will become black pile of ugliness in no time! We recommend storing  your jewelry individually, as this is the best way to prevent tarnishing, chipping, knots in chains and breakage. Please use fabric, organza, velvet or special anti-tarnish bags, use cellophane bags or boxes that your jewelry was sold in or at least invest in large special jewelry box that features individually padded slots for rings and posts for hanging necklaces and bracelets and has drawers and lids to prevent moisture from air getting to your jewelry. 

When traveling, protect your jewelry pieces from scratches or other impact damage by padding it in a separate box or case.
See your jeweler at least once a year to have your jewelry checked for lose prongs, worn mountings, missing stones and general wear and tear. Visit your jeweler every six months to have your jewelry professionally cleaned.