care guide

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Son of a Sailor items are handmade with care and great detail. Please keep in mind that no two handmade items will be exactly alike. There will be slight differences, as much as we try to remain consistent.

We offer a broad assortment of items, and care instructions will vary from one item to another. Below is information about many different materials we use, that we hope will help in aiding in the long life of your product. If you have any questions about your Son of a Sailor item, or aren’t sure exactly which materials your item is made of, don’t hesitate to contact us — we are happy to help!

Femina

Our FEMINA collection is made of hand-forged brass, cast bronze, silver, and gold-filled chain, and various ceramic beads and gemstones. The chain used in the collection is sterling silver or 14k gold-fill, which should last for a lifetime of wear. If it becomes dirty, just wipe with a dry cloth. The pendants in this collection are made of hand-forged silver, brass, or cast bronze, all of which can be cleaned using a polishing cloth and should be kept in a clean dry place. You can use a jewelry polishing compound if you desire, but we recommend regular polishing with a jewelry polishing cloth to maintain the finish. Gemstones and ceramic beads should be wiped clean with a dry cloth, and you should avoid exposing them to polishing compounds. All jewelry should be removed before swimming or showering to ensure the quality of the piece.

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Brass

Brass is a metal that antiques, or oxidizes, over time. With exposure to the elements (moisture, salt in the air, etc.) brass tarnishes and will grow to a dark golden brown finish. Unpainted, raw brass may be polished to restore its shine. Many of our items are hand-painted or have a patina applied, and should not be polished. All jewelry should be removed before swimming or showering to ensure the quality of the piece.

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Leather

Leather items should be kept in a clean, dry place and not worn while showering or swimming. If necessary, painted portions can be wiped with warm water and mild soap, and leather may be spot cleaned. Leather will become more brittle and less conditioned with repeated exposure to water, so it is best to avoid getting leather items wet.

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