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How do I care for my Nancy Fe Jewelry?

Iron jewelry is not something that most people are familiar with.  It is not mainstream or common. I get asked frequently about how to care for it or what they should use to clean it. I want to share what I know about iron jewelry.  

Every piece of iron, copper or bronze that I create has a clear finish which will help protect the life of the piece.  Your jewelry loves to be worn.  The oils in your skin help to condition the metal much like when you season a cast iron skillet.  This is where my roots come out.  For those not familiar with cast iron skillets, to season a cast iron skillet, after using it, you rinse it out, wipe it dry, rub it with oil and heat it up briefly. No soap as soap can be corrosive.  With proper care, a well seasoned skillet is an heirloom down here in the south. Your iron jewelry can be treated similarly.  Keep it dry and rub a little oil occasionally if it was exposed to water. For example, maybe you went swimming and forgot to take it off.  Rinse it with clean water and dry well.  You can ensure it is completely dry by holding it under a hair dryer briefly or placing it in the sun briefly.  It can get really hot if you leave it for to long.   Wear it often. You can use coconut oil, olive oil, or any other oil safe for cooking.  Rub it on and buff it off.  Store it in the box or velvet bag that it arrives in for optimum care.  Some people like to hang and display their jewelry.  That would be great...as long as you aren't doing so in a steamy bathroom.  Water and humidity are its only foes. 

If after all of this, you find that the finish does not hold up to your liking, please let me know.  You can send it back to me anytime and I can refinish the metal for you free of charge. I have made and sold iron jewelry for close to 15 years now and I have only had 1 necklace come back to me for refinishing and that was because it sat in the murky flood waters of hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.  No finish on earth survived those waters.

If you have specific questions that I have not answered, please feel free to contact me. You can find my Contact page at the top right corner of this page.  I am more than happy to answer any questions as quickly as I can.