Jewelry Care

Our hands are human not robotic, they are our most precious tools, and we believe that the intricacies of handmade work should be valued and adored. Our goal is to create pieces that last a lifetime, but even the highest quality materials need love and attention. Here are some tips and best practices for caring for your investment.

Silver & Copper

While the appearance of silver and copper is quite different, the care for these 2 metals is the same. The oils in your skin help prevent silver and copper from tarnishing, which means that the best way to keep it shiny is by wearing your jewelry often.

When storing your jewelry, use an airtight plastic bag with a piece of chalk or a silica gel pack to reduce moisture. This helps prevent tarnishing. 

If your silver or copper is tarnished the best way to clean it is with a jewelry polishing cloth. Dish soap and a soft toothbrush work well for routine cleaning. Abrasives can scratch and damage polished surfaces. We will gladly restore shine to any of your pieces if you desire.

Gold

Mix a small amount of mild dish detergent with warm water in a bowl. Put the jewelry in the bowl and let sit for a few minutes. Use a soft toothbrush to gently scrub the jewelry. Rinse well and dry thoroughly. Use a soft polishing cloth to restore the shine of the metal.

You are always welcome to bring your jewelry by our shop in Tulsa to have us clean it or take your diamond jewelry into a reputable jewelry store and ask them to put it in their ultrasonic cleaner. If you are a devout jewelry collector there are small at-home ultrasonic cleaners available, just be aware that not all gemstones should be cleaned in an ultrasonic machine.

Opals

Opals are one of our very favorite stones, but they are a delicate stone and require special care. Opals are fairly soft (they are a 5.5 - 6.5 on the Mohs hardness scale, while diamonds are a 10). They are also high in water content and porous, which causes them to be very sensitive to changes in climate, temperature, and humidity. 

The best way to care for your opals is by being mindful when wearing them. Don't wear your opal jewelry in extreme temperatures (like in the sauna or while doing an ice bath :), during physical activities, and avoid contact with soap, water, and household cleaners. Set your opals down gently when you remove them and keep them separate if you have them in a travel jewelry case. 

The Dillon•Rose Journal

  • Custom Jewelry Design Highlight: Heart Pendant

    It is such a honor to be trusted with the intimate stories of your life. Stories of love, overcoming, and hope inspire me to create pieces that will be passed down, like the stories of your lives, to future generations. 

    This heart concept pendant was cast in 18K yellow gold with a symbolic 14K rose gold accent piece where the scar will be on the heart. I designed a 6x4mm pear-shaped garnet where the abnormality in the heart was found and 3 sapphires on the left to symbolize 3 other family members.

  • "What to Expect at a Dinner with Dillon Rose" by Alicia Chesser

    Our Hidden Gem and Gemstone Dinners are intentional experiences. Writer Alicia Chesser beautifully captured the rhythm in this article.
  • A Guide to Heirloom Jewelry Redesign

    I often think of myself as a weaver. Rather than yarn or spider silk, my medium is metal and gemstone. I see these pieces connecting people, connecting them to ideas, aspirations, loves and meaning.

    When clients bring inherited pieces in for a redesign, the meaning is often inherent in these treasures. Using metals and stones that once belonged to a loved one brings new life to these everlasting materials. It is a beautiful way to honor your  history and the story of how you came to be. It's significant to me that the metals and stones of our life live beyond us, they can be melted, reimagined, reformed, and set anew. I am free to create without boundaries knowing that in the forge of fire all can be turned into raw material once again.