J E W E L R Y + M E T A L I N F O
"Each Sun & Selene piece is hand fabricated, hammered, finished, and polished in my studio in Richmond, Va.
I work with all natural gemstones, sterling silver, 14k gold fill, 14k gold solid, and argentium silver. All scrap metal and clippings in my studio are collected and recycled either in house or sent off for refining. I order from a metal supplier who values their responsibility to the environment and operates their facility with nearly 5 acres of solar panels and also circulates recycled metals to refine for resale to jewelers and metalsmiths (like myself) who contribute to that cycle by saving and recycling every scrap of metal from the work bench."
14k gold fill is a solid bond of 14k gold to a gold tone base metal. its great for sensitive skin (no nickel!) and with proper care it will wear and keep its shine as long as solid gold.
All pieces from Sun & Selene come with a lifetime of sizing, buffing, polishing, or cleaning/repair.
C A R E + C L E A N I N G
For a safe, effective clean you can do anytime, a soft bristle toothbrush + mild hand or dish soap will do wonders! Doing this when you notice any dulling will clean and remove any dirt or buildup. You can do the same with most stone rings. ALWAYS be extra gentle with soft stones like pearls, opals, and emeralds. (when in doubt, google it).
Sterling silver can naturally patina over time (think “antiqued silver”) but it can be cleaned easily with a paste of baking soda and water. Use your fingers or a toothbrush to scrub with the paste, rinse, and dry! For stubborn tarnish (you know that ring you let sit out for a few months?) give it a dunk in warmed white vinegar! Heat a small bowl of white vinegar, drop your tarnished metal pieces in, and watch as they return to bright, clean pieces. This at home fix works great for jewelry as the acidic nature cleans your metal of any patina or tarnish and is non-toxic!! Avoid the vinegar method for any stones you are unsure of.
Regular hand washing/suds-to-jewelry contact in the shower will help keep your gems shiny, just be sure to always dry well after. Be cautious with beauty and hair products, rinse well after your beauty routine and dry.
Don't toss your Sun & Selene box and velvet pouch! Keep it handy for storing your gems when not in use, or to easily pack for travel.
Be cautious of contact with hard water (pools, salt water, chemically treated water) and rinse well and dry after to prevent any discoloration or reaction. Unsure? Play it safe and take it off.
Anything you see can be made with solid 10, 14, or 18k gold. prices determined upon request.