Caring for your Silver
All silver will tarnish over time. This process is natural but some substances in our daily lives will speed the process up, contact with soap, hairspray, perfume, food, latex and even the natural oils on our hands can tarnish silver quicker.
We recommend that you use a good quality jeweller's silver cloth regularly as part of your jewellery cleaning routine before the tarnish process begins.
Always remove jewellery before showering or swimming as silver can react with chemicals and chlorine.
Silver is a soft metal and it will naturally mark and scar if knocked, this is a natural characteristic of silver and means a pure silver charm or pendant will age and wear gradually over time. Charms made from sterling silver will be slightly more resilient.
Caring for your Bronze
We love bronze! It's an alloy made of copper and tin, has a beautiful warm golden tone, and is an affordable alternative to 10 or 14k gold.
With bronze, we can offer affordable large statement pieces without the need for any plating that will eventually wear away. Solid bronze is durable, easy to clean, and will last for decades.
Our goal is to create long-lasting timeless pieces that don't end up in a landfill or discarded after one season. So we don't make items plated in gold or silver, because the plating will eventually wear off the base metal, leaving your jewellery looking nothing like how how you purchased it.
Bronze does have one drawback, which is that the copper content can cause an oxidation reaction with your skin oils, creating a greenish layer of copper carbonate.
This layer is easily washed off, and you can minimise the oxidation by taking your jewellery off at night, and washing it regularly with soap and water. You can also periodically coat it with any metal wax, or a wax called Renaissance Wax, which prevents the jewellery from tarnishing and inhibits the oxidation reaction with your skin oils. Wax will wear off, but is easy to re-apply at home. We send you your jewellery with a coating of wax already applied.
With a little care, most people can wear bronze jewellery every day without oxidation.
We think the benefits of bronze far outweigh the drawback, and happily wear our bronze pieces every day!
The person you love, close to your heart. A sterling silver, custom, and handmade to order pendant or charm.
Single thumbprint or fingerprint made into a heart, darkened to show the intricate weave of the fingerprint.
Help your family member keep his loved ones close with this bespoke fingerprint. Our designers at Cley Designs work with a section of the fingerprint to capture the unique detail in every print & create a unique high quality finish.
Choose to have an initial on the front or leave it plain. Available in lots of different shapes.
Children develop fingerprints at different ages. We recommend fingerprint jewellery for children over the age of 12 months, older children and adults. For children under 12 months, we recommend our Handprint or Footprint designs.
Handmade in sterling silver, you simply take the print using our simple instructions. All you need are a piece of plain white paper, a soft pencil and some clear sticky tape!
Taking the prints:
You will need a soft black pencil, white paper & sellotape.
1. Draw a sold black square on a piece of paper.
2. Press your finger firmly on the solid colour.
3. Lift up your finger and take a print of your finger using sellotape
4. Stick the sellotape down on the paper. (Its important the sellotape is free of dust and hair.)
5. Then simply upload the image to the 'my orders' section of your hardtofind account.