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Atelier Leana enamelled copper and silver earrings

FAQ

Here is a sample of the most frequently asked questions, if you need any additional information, please do get in touch at atelierleana@gmail.com

Ring sizes

 

When looking for your ring size, it is best to use an existing ring which is of similar dimensions to the one you are considering. 

Some tips when measuring:

- Please also bear in mind some people find their fingers swell in hot months. 

Don’t measure your finger when you are cold. Cold fingers are smaller, often by as much as half a size!

- Our fingers are at their largest during the evening, so this is the best time to make a measurement.

- It sounds obvious but your fingers are all different sizes, so make sure you measure a ring that definitely fits the same finger you want to wear your new ring on.

 

 

Materials used

 

I primarily work with sterling silver, copper and semi-precious stones, but can also create pieces in bronze and gold.

Jewellery Care

 

As any jeweller will attest, jewellery requires appropriate care, as metalwork, while durable, is not indestructible.

To prevent your metals, gemstones and pearls from scratching and tarnishing, keep your jewellery in individual boxes or soft pouches and store these in a cool, dry place.

Avoid contact with soap, as it can give gold jewellery a dull appearance. This can be rectified by gentle polishing with a specialist jewellery cleaner and jewellery polishing soft cloth.

I do not recommend wearing jewellery during activities such as bathing, working out, or housecleaning, where exposure to harsh chemicals or rough surfaces may affect or damage the item. This is particularly crucial for pieces carrying a patina or a gemstone.

Sometimes despite your best efforts, your jewellery may need cleaning over time. We recommend washing up liquid, or mild detergents such as specialist jewellery cleaners, and use of a very soft toothbrush to go over the surface of your jewels under lukewarm water.

Enamel does not respond well to daily wear in salt or chlorinated water, and as with all other jewellery keep well away from chemicals, including but not limited to medical creams and domestic cleaning products, and avoid contact with perfume, perfumed creams and hairspray.

We will replace your enamel for free if there is clearly a fault in the manufacturing. However, if the damage is the result of heavy wear, the item will not be replaced.

 

Gemstone Considerations

 

Gemstones vary in durability, and exposure to certain chemicals, such as those found in shower products, can impact their integrity. Organic gems like amber, coral, jet, shell, and pearl should avoid contact with chemicals, including household cleaners and perfume.

 

Turquoise, opals, emeralds, lapis lazuli, malachite, enamel pieces, and peridots are also sensitive to chemicals. While some gems, like most quartz crystals, agate, aventurine, jasper, and tiger's eye, are safe to put in water, it's advisable to avoid submerging any gemstone, as it may cause a loss of luster.

 

A soft cloth is recommended for cleaning, and submerging gemstones in water should be done cautiously.

Understanding Patinas

 

A patina refers to a layer of oxidation that naturally forms on the surface of metal. Patinas come in various degrees of durability, and  oxidized copper or silver, can last for many years.

 

However, it's essential to note that a patina is not the same as plating and will never have the same durability as well-plated metal.

 

Skin Reaction to Copper

 

The reaction of copper or copper-alloyed items (including sterling silver which includes copper) against the skin varies depending on individual skin types.

 

Some may experience oxidization, particularly with closely worn items like cuffs and rings.

 

I don't apply any barrier (lacquer) to my pieces unless requested. If you prefer a barrier applied to prevent marking of the skin, please specify in the notes at checkout.

 

Commissions and Customisation

 

I welcome commissions and enjoy the challenge of creating unique pieces. Standard lengths for silver chains are 40-50 cms. Contact me for longer chain lengths or if you wish to purchase a larger item or discuss a commissioned work.

 

Contact Information

 

For inquiries, commissions, or larger items, please contact me via email at atelierleana@gmail.com.

All works are ©Atelier Leana  All rights reserved.

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