Be nice to your family jewels.
Personally, I like my things to last a long time. I have found that the less you beat stuff up, the less the stuff gets broken. This same sentiment works with jewelery (imagine that!) Each piece is assembled with care and strength but there are those things beyond my control that I would like you to watch out for:
Bead facets. Over time, facets on any bead will wear if constantly rubbed. They can chip if banged and crack when dropped. Don’t leave your precious pieces on the bottom of your purse and don’t store them all together in one big jewelery box heap, for goodness sakes.
Wire bends. This is a fact. Don’t pull on or squish your jewelery. Don’t leave them on the bottom of your purse and don’t store them all together in one big heap.
(are you noticing a theme yet?)
Silver tarnishes. Unless the piece is Rhodium plated, raw Sterling Silver or gold Vermeil will tarnish very shortly when exposed to air and various films (eg: hairspray, lotions, fingerprints and perfume.) Don’t leave them on the bottom of your purse and don’t store them all together in one big heap (this is the theme.)
Lustre is easily regained by using a soft polishing cloth available at any jeweler's store. Store bought dips can be used as well, but you must be cautious; not all semi-precious gems can be chemically cleaned: pearls, wood, bamboo and any other organic material cannot be "dipped" in cleaner. Please email me directly to ask for cleaning advice if you're unsure.
- put your jewelery on last just before you head out the door.
- give your design a buff with a polishing cloth or rinse with soap and water after wearing.
- place your design back in the provided ziplock bag to prevent exposure to oxidizing air.
- keep your piece in the dark - the gift box, a safe spot in a drawer, or a jewelery box.
Repairs and Cleaning
If you have an original Jolie Mack Design that is in need of repair and/or cleaning, I will do my best to restore the piece. You can mail the piece to me (at senders’ expense) and I will gladly repair or rebuild your design for an appropriate fee. For a quote, send a good quality photo to me and I will have a look.
A Designer is only as good as the star who wears her clothes.