Jewelry Care Instructions

 

For Fordite and One of a Kind Stones

The best way to care for your jewelry is to clean it with soap and water and then
store it in a clean and dry place.

For a matte finish, you can use a fine steel wool pad to clean it. Since the metal is already textured, you won’t ruin the finish.  For pieces with an oxidized finish, do not use polishing cloths or jewelry cleaners as it may remove the finish.  Oxidization may lighten over time so I am happy to re-oxidize any piece.  Please send an email to chrissyliujewelry@gmail.com to start this process.  

Do not use an ultrasonic cleaner on any of these pieces as it may damage the stone and finish.

What is Fordite?

Fordite is not technically a stone. It is actually a man-made material that came from the floors of the assembly lines at the Ford Motor Company.

Before the car painting process was automated like it is now, cars were painted by hand on long production lines. The vehicles’ paint would drip down and dry on the equipment used to move the automotive bodies. This enamel paint would then get baked onto the rack and solidify.

After this process is repeated hundreds or thousands of times, the deposits can grow to be several inches thick. The Fordite in this ring comes from a Corvette factory in Bowling Green, KY.

For Diamond Accent and Other Matte and Oxidized Pieces

Ultrasonic cleaners tend to remove the oxidized finish so the best way to care for your jewelry is to clean it with soap and water.  Store it in a clean dry place.

Do not use a traditional polishing cloth on your matte finished jewelry as this will restore a shiny finish. You can use a fine steel wool pad to clean your pieces, and since they are textured, you won’t ruin or scratch the finish. For the oxidized pieces, over time the patina may wear, so I am happy to re-oxidize the piece. Please reach out to me at chrissyliujewelry@gmail.com.