Caring For Your Braided Horsehair Jewelry

Horsehair is a very durable material and with proper care can last for years. It is advisable to avoid swimming or bathing while wearing your bracelet. Certain chemicals, like bleach, can damage the hair and soaps can tarnish silver. 

 

Wearing braided horsehair next to other metal jewelry or during rough work can cause the hair to snag or fray. Should a hair become loose from your bracelet, gently push it back in, or cut it with a small pair of scissors. Do Not Pull It!  Jennifer Metesh Studios cannot guarantee longevity of horsehair keychains if used as an active keychain next to keys. (Those can take quite a beating!) 

 

Should you need to clean your bracelet use a mild shampoo and conditioner to gently wash the hair and then let it dry. I recommend placing bracelets around a round object to aid in drying in the correct shape.  

 

Your clasp or hanger is made out of stainless steel and as such should not rust or tarnish. To keep clear of fingerprints and remove oils, I recommend a Sunshine polishing cloth. (A sample is included in bracelet purchases.)  

Caring For Your Horseshoe Nail 

 

Thank you for your purchase! Your horseshoe nail is an actual Liberty horseshoe nail and is made of steel. It is covered with a protective coating to prevent wear and with proper care it should last a lifetime! Your nail is dipped several times in sealant, and while I strive for an even finish some streaking may occur. 

 

  • Keep your nail from getting wet. If it does get wet, dry it with a soft cloth. 

  • If you live in a humid environment, I suggest storing your horseshoe nail in a ziplock bag with the air squeezed out of it when not in use.  

  • If you need to clean your nail, use a damp cloth to wipe the dirt from the surface and dry with a soft cloth. Do not use citrus based cleaners. 

  • If your nail came with a sterling silver chain, sterling silver will tarnish over time. Simply use a polishing cloth to brighten it up! I recommend Sunshine Brand polishing cloths. 

Caring For Your Sterling Silver Hair Jewelry

I use sterling silver in all of my designs, (except for the bezel wire which is fine silver.) .925 sterling silver over time will develop its own patina due to the addition of other metals to the silver. Exposure to the air and to other chemicals in daily life will eventually cause this patina to form. What is forming is a layer of tarnish, which is a small laver of corrosion over the surface of the metal.  Exposure to sweat, humidity, certain soaps, lotions, cosmetics and even the chemicals in our body can cause sterling to tarnish quickly. The rate of tarnish will vary between different people and environments.  While tarnish in sterling silver is inevitable, sterling silver is also very easy to maintain by following the steps below:

 

  • Wearing your sterling daily can help prevent that corrosive layer from even forming. 

  • I recommend using a Sunshine brand polishing cloth to remove tarnish and oils. (Sample included with purchase.)

  • When not wearing your sterling, wipe oils off of it and store it in a Ziploc bag with the air squeezed out of it with an anti-tarnish strip (the little black square included in the bag). 

 

Please Note: Encased hair pieces are designed to withstand daily wear but they are not waterproof. Do NOT submerge in water. Also please note the glass can get scratched if worn with other hard bracelets or necklaces.  

Caring For Your Sterling Silver Jewelry

I use sterling silver in all of my designs. Sterling silver is a composite of 92.5% fine silver and the remaining mostly copper. .925 sterling silver over time will develop its own patina due to the addition of other metals to the silver. Exposure to the air and to other chemicals in daily life will eventually cause this patina to form. What is forming is a layer of tarnish, which is a small laver of corrosion over the surface of the metal.  Exposure to sweat, humidity, certain soaps, lotions, cosmetics and even the chemicals in our body can cause sterling to tarnish quickly. The rate of tarnish will vary between different people and environments.  While tarnish in sterling silver is inevitable, sterling silver is also very easy to maintain by following the steps below:

 

  • Wearing your sterling daily can help prevent that corrosive layer from even forming. 

  • I recommend using a Sunshine brand polishing cloth to remove tarnish and oils. (Sample included with purchase.)

  • When not wearing your sterling, wipe oils off of it and store it in a Ziploc bag with the air squeezed out of it with an anti-tarnish strip (the little black square included in the bag). 

 

Please contact me with any questions, concerns or repair needs.