Each piece of jewelry from The Knotty Owl is finished with a wax coating instead of a spray-on sealant,
as these inevitably (and usually rather quickly) deteriorate and peel/flake off, leaving an unsightly finish on jewelry.
While your jewelry will eventually oxidize with wear, we understand that this antiquated look is not for everybody, and it is quite easy to keep it polished to your liking. To help prevent and greatly reduce tarnishing, we recommend storing your jewelry in small airtight bags or containers between wear, as air is the greatest cause of oxidation.
Never wear your jewelry in the shower or while swimming, and remove rings before washing your hands, as exposure to excessive humidity and water will increase the rate of tarnish. To prevent accidental breakage and for your safety, we suggest removing your jewelry before bed or any activities that put you at risk of catching or pulling your jewelry.
CLEANING YOUR JEWELRY
In addition to the everyday care explained above, you may want or need to occasionally clean your jewelry. To clean your jewelry, simply use a soft cloth and/or a soft-bristled toothbrush and Dawn dish soap under lukewarm water to clean away makeup, skin oils, and dirt. Dry immediately with a soft cloth. Do not submerge jewelry with wooden components- please refer to the “wooden jewelry care” section of this page.
To polish away light metal oxidation, gently rub a polishing cloth against the metallic surfaces of the jewelry until polished. Be extra careful when polishing chains to prevent accidental breakage. We recommend Sunshine brand polishing cloths (easily found on Amazon). Polishing cloths and pads may continue to be used long after they turn dark.
To remove heavy amounts of tarnish, we recommend making a paste of baking soda and lemon juice, and rubbing it against the piece with a soft-bristled toothbrush or cloth to remove tarnish. Rinse with lukewarm water until polished, and dry immediately. It’s important to avoid brushing over stones or other non-metallic areas!
To restore a satin-finish at home, you may use steel wool (we recommend using 3M synthetic steel wool, it’s much cleaner! And easily found on Amazon) to carefully buff the metallic surfaces after cleaning or polishing. Be careful to avoid scratching a stone.
NEVER use chemical or commercial liquid cleaners on your jewelry! They can severely damage stones and are extremely toxic.
ENAMEL JEWELRY CARE
Enamel jewelry is made through the process of fusing a thin layer of colorful glass to copper metal.
This thin layer of glass is strong, but your jewelry should be treated with the upmost care, as any jewelry should, to ensure its longevity and appearance.
Enamel jewelry should be stored separately from other jewelry and worn with care to protect the surface from potential impacts against hard surfaces or other objects that could crack the surface.