Each piece of Workhorse jewelry is hand-crafted and therefore delicate. Please handle each piece with care to ensure it lasts a lifetime. We suggest removing jewelry while swimming, bathing, exercising and working with chemicals or harsh abrasives. When not wearing your jewelry it should be kept in a safe and secure place. Avoid storing jewelry in the bathroom because extra moisture will cause sterling silver to tarnish more quickly.
Our collections consist mainly of oxidized sterling silver accented by 14k gold. The 14k gold accents can be cleaned with a polishing cloth or warm, soapy water and a soft toothbrush.
Keep in mind that with all sterling silver jewelry, the metal will darken or tarnish naturally with normal wear. We recommend gently wiping the metal surface with a polishing cloth to restore its shine. Most of the stones we use are natural gemstones; therefore, they may vary in shape, size and color. Inclusions can be seen in natural stones and are a part of their beauty. Most gemstones do not stand the force of cleaning agents, polishing cloth or ultrasonic cleaners.
Care for oxidized sterling silver
Oxidized sterling silver has been intentionally darkened and cleaning it may strip some or all of the dark patina. Instead, buff with a soft cloth to bring up the shine, if desired, or wipe with a damp cloth if dirty.
Care for Pearls
Pearls are organic gemstones that can be rather fragile. It is best to follow the old adage “pearls should be the last thing you put on and the first thing you take off”. They are highly sensitive to chemicals and moisture so we suggest avoiding contact with lotions, perfume, cosmetics and hair products. Be sure to wipe pearls with a soft cloth after every use. Removing any chemicals, dirt or perspiration will help reserve their luster. Store your pearls separate from other jewelry to avoid scratches on the surface and do not store pearls in a plastic bag as some plastics emit a chemical over time that may cause deterioration.
Care for Gemstones (opal, turquoise, ruby, emerald, sapphire, etc.)
Keep gemstones away from high heat, chemicals, oils, perfumes, and household cleaners. Clean your gemstones using warm, sudsy water and dry them immediately with a soft cloth. Avoid using commercial jewelry cleansers, steam or ultrasonic cleaners.