Home Sweet Home
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Hello! I’m finally up and running in my new home studio! Without going into too many boring details, I unexpectedly had to move out of my beautiful dream studio last month, and made the decision to move my studio back into my home.

Unfortunately, this means I’ll no longer be offering workshops. But at this particular point in time this is the set-up that works best for me and my family. I’ll admit, leaving my studio felt like a loss, but now that we’ve rearranged three (!!!) rooms in my home so that I could set up somewhere other than the dark basement, I’ve made a space that feels right and I’m quite content to be holed up here in my little home.

This week I’m working on a few orders, four OOAK rings in amethyst sage and moss agate, and then I’ll be dedicating some time to finally getting a couple of leather pieces in the shop!

Finally, with all the craziness that is summer around here, I never got a chance to research and update my social justice cause for the months of July and August. So I’ll be donating the portion of proceeds from the entire summer (instead of just June) to the Transgender Law Center.

Thanks for hanging in there with me through ten years of growth and change. I am forever grateful for your support.

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Ten Years

Welcome to my newly redesigned website! Buffalo Lucy is ten years old and I felt like it was time for a change. So much has happened in the ten years I’ve been in business and I felt like this was a good time to really think about where it is I want to go from here. The conclusion I came to is that I need to be less worried about selling and more focused on staying true to my values.

I’d love it if you’d take a moment to visit my new “About” page and read a bit about the history of Buffalo Lucy; how it came to be, my influences, and the ways that I hope to stay True going forward. Thanks for ten amazing years and hopefully many more to come. ♥

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Caring for Oxidized Sterling Silver Jewelry
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Oxidized silver jewelry is a special case when it comes to care and cleaning because the wrong products or techniques can remove the beautiful patina which will completely change the look of your jewelry.

Below you can see the difference between a ring with an oxidized patina compared to one without. Both are beautiful, but if you’ve specifically purchased an item with a patina (or have vintage jewelry that has developed a beautiful patina over time), you don’t want to accidentally remove it when cleaning.

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An oxidized patina is essentially the speeding-up of a natural process that happens to silver over time (i.e. tarnish taken to its most extreme in a matter of minutes instead of years). Since most commercial jewelry cleaners are specifically formulated to remove tarnish, using a commercial jewelry cleaner on your oxidized silver jewelry can remove its beautiful patina. For this reason I recommend never using commercial jewelry cleaners on your oxidized or vintage sterling jewelry.

For items that are worn on a daily basis, especially rings, I find that special cleaning is usually unnecessary. However, if you have items that sometimes sit in your jewelry box for a while, or have been exposed to some chemical (chlorine is a common culprit) that caused them to tarnish in an undesirable way, there are several ways you can remove the unwanted tarnish while still preserving the beautiful patina you love:

  1. Simple Soap and Water. This should be your first plan of attack. Using a solution of water and a mild dish soap, gently rub the jewelry between your fingers and pat dry with a soft, non-abrasive cloth.

  2. Baking Soda and Water. If the soap doesn’t give you the finish you’re looking for you can get great results using a paste of baking soda and water. Use your thumb to rub the paste on the jewelry, focusing on the raised portions rather than the crevices (where you want the patina to remain). Rinse with warm water and pat dry with a soft cloth.

  3. Pre-loaded Jewelry Cleaning Cloths such a Sunshine (I’m not an affiliate, this is a product that I use and recommend). For a nice, shiny finish on the surfaces of your silver jewelry, polish with one of these cleansing cloths pre-loaded with a specially formulated tarnish-removing compound.

  4. Green Scotch-Brite Pads (again, not an affiliate, I use this product in my own studio). If you prefer for your silver to have a matte or satin finish rather than shiny, I recommend “polishing” instead with one of these kitchen scouring pads that can be found in the dishwashing section of most grocery stores. They beautifully remove tarnish from the surface of the silver, preserve the patina in the recesses, and leave a gorgeous, soft satin finish to the metal.

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As always, if you have any questions about the care of your oxidized silver jewelry (whether I made it or not), feel free to send me a note!