Friday, March 9, 2012

Care and Cleaning of your Classic Keepsakse Jewelry

All Classic Keepsakes fashion jewelry is hand crafted and delicate. The metals used are sterling silver.  14kgold filled.  Sterling Silver plated.  Antique Brass.  Gun Metal.  and Copper.  Each crystal is individually set . As a result, special care is required.

- Store your jewelry in the original packaging or a soft pouch to avoid scratches.
- Polish your jewelry frequently with a soft cloth to maintain its original, lustrous finish.
- Remove jewelry before washing hands, swimming, and/or applying products (e.g., perfume, hairspray, soap, or lotion), as this could harm the metal and reduce the life of the plating, as well as cause discoloration and loss of crystal brilliance.
- Put on jewelry last when dressing and take off first when undressing.
- Avoid contact with water as can loosen settings.
- Avoid hard contact (i.e., knocking against objects) that can scratch or chip the crystal.
- Avoid contact with chemicals.
Should your piece need cleaning, I recommend using luke warm water and a mild dish washing soap.  Pat the piece dry with a lint free cloth, and set aside to fully air dry before storing.  There are some nice sterling silver cleaners.  Due to the delicate nature of gemstones, pearls, and crystals, I do not recommend using sterling cleaners.  If  you have no choice, I would suggest sending the piece to me for cleaning.  I do not charge to clean your piece.  All you pay is shipping to and from my studio.

If you have any questions, please contact me at

Have a great weekend!  and Sparkle on!!!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Twitter Tips

What is the most important thing you can learn about Twitter??

When you Tweet, who sees it? 

Sounds simple, but you would be surprised how many tweeters don't know! Knowing who will see your tweet will help make sure your tweets get the most impact. My oldest and I have little contests to see how many clicks we can get on an item with our tweets. Pinterest works around the same concepts.

If you sent a tweet without any tagging, only your followers will see it.

If you send a tweet from Etsy's Button - your followers, and anyone watching @etsy will see it. (so usually other etsy sellers)

As soon as you add a #hashtag to something you can increase the amount of people that will see your tweet. #hashtags are the most important thing to add to your tweets. Even with no followers, if you add popular #hashtags, millions of people will see your tweet.

Every shop will have different #hashtags that will attract the most potential buyers. You can play around with this yourself, or if you would like some help coming up with some trendy #hashtags, let me know. 

Here are a few generic Etsy Shop #hastags that seem to do well.

#handmade #art #vintage #etsy 

Adding a theme helps too like #steampunk #shabbychic #frenchcountry #style #trendy #gifts #mothersday

I hope you find this helpful!!