Silver will naturally tarnish when exposed to the air. Store in an airtight container or small ziploc bag. Polishing clothes are a good choice for cleaning your silver.
Gold develops a film build up from lotions, powders, soaps and natural skin oils which takes away its natural patina. Chemicals in the airs can also oxidize it depending on the karat grade. Always remove gold jewelry when swimming in a pool or using household cleaners as these can erode gold jewellery, create abrasions or reduce abrasions. Keep gold pieces in a fabric lined jewellery box or a compartmental box.
The more a stone is exposed the more vulnerable it is to damage and loosening. At home ultrasonic cleaners can loosen gem settings. Repeated rough treatment and wear can loosen all settings which could result in losing your gemstone. Have your jewellery checked periodically for cleaning and security.
1. Soak your jewellery in a warm solution of one part Mr. Clean All-Purpose Cleaner) with four parts warm water.
3. Softly scrub your soaked jewellery with a soft bristle toothbrush
3. Brush gently around any prongs and/or channels of your ring to avoid having a bristle snag.
4. Rinse your jewellery with lukewarm water - but Never over an open drain - dry with a soft cloth
Platinum has a soft white hue. It’s 30 times more rare than gold (which means it’s more expensive) and 40% heavier than 14K gold — and it doesn’t tarnish or oxidize. Because of its hardness, the details of intricately engraved or embellished rings often look sharper and more precise when done in platinum.
Platinum in jewelry is 90% to 95% pure, which brings out the beauty of diamonds set in platinum engagement rings.
Over time, platinum will wear and scratch with use. Your jeweler can polish your platinum ring to remove any scratches.
Gold has always been a standard for engagement and wedding jewelry, thanks to its naturally warm, yellow hue and beautiful luster. Gold engagement rings are romantic and timeless.
The alloy that’s mixed with gold affects its color. There are hundreds of possible mixtures, but options generally include:
Pure gold mixed with a little silver and copper for a warm look.
Pure gold is combined with nickel, copper and zinc.
PINK AND ROSE
Increasingly popular, these reddish gold options are pure gold plus copper. The more copper, the redder the metal.
Gold purity is measured in karats (not to be confused with carats, a measure of gem weight). Karats are divided into 24 parts, so 24 parts of gold — known as 24K gold — is pure. However, 24K gold is soft and easily damaged, so it’s mixed — or alloyed — with other metals to make it more durable. For example, 14K gold is 14 parts gold, 10 parts other metal. Jewelry must be at least 10K to be sold as gold in the United States.
Buff your gold engagement ring with a soft cloth to keep it shiny and smooth.
Silver has been valued for centuries and once was considered more valuable than gold. Today, it’s the most affordable of the precious metals. Sterling silver is actually pure silver mixed with copper or other metal to make it more durable. Although it is harder than pure silver, it’s still one of the softer metals and can get scratched and marked easily.
Like gold, pure silver is too soft to be used in jewelry. It’s combined with other metals such as copper to boost its strength. Sterling silver must contain at least 92.5% pure silver, which is why it’s stamped as .925.
Silver tarnishes, so store your sterling silver engagement ring in tarnish-preventive bags in a cool, dry place. Don’t use tissue paper or paper towels to dry, because they can scratch sterling silver.
Palladium is one of the most luxurious options for rings. It is naturally white, durable, lightweight, and resilient to discolouration. As a member of the platinum metal group, palladium is one of the rarest kinds of precious metals, making it one of the most esteemed. And since it doesn't require alloys or plating, it is usually at least 95% pure.
Repairs & Redesign
I work with customer to make their own jewellery beautiful and wearable again by:
- restringing pearls and neckalces
- sizing rings and bracelets
- replacing lost or damaged gemstones
- checking and tightening all the stones in gemstone jewellery
- fixing broken chains and clasps
- polishing and refurbishing jewellery that has lost its luster or finish
- working to restore heirloom and unique jewels so that they can be worn and enjoyed again
- plating (Rhodium, Gold, Silver)
I offer many jewellery solutions. Pieces that are unwearable or out of date can be redesigned to fit your personal style.
- lost earrings, either making mates of the one lost earring or recreating a design of a lost pair
- pendants can be made into rings
- pearls or beads can be restrung incorporating different effects and made into different length necklaces or bracelets
- rings that no longer fit can be modified to fit perfectly and painlessly
- tinys clasps that are difficult to open can be changed to larger, easier to use ones
All these services will ensure the safety and longevity of your jewellery so it can be enjoyed for many years to come.
Shows + Exhibits
if you would like to host a private party at your home or office please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
upcoming in 2017:
Cabbagetown Arts & Crafts, http://cabbagetownartandcrafts.org/ 2014, 2015 & 2016
Queen West Art Crawl, http://www.queenwestartcrawl.com/artists/carey-pearson-designs , 2014 & 2016
Wychwood Barns Holiday Art Market 2014
Barns Art Market - Wychwood Barns, 2014
carey pearson designs Pop Up Shop, Flux & Form, 2013
Bloom - George Brown College Grad show, 2012 - Harbourfront Center, Toronto
5th Annual Show and Sale - George Brown College, 2012
George Brown College Fashion Show, 2011
Emerald, Rubies and Pearls Pop Up Show, December 2011