Valerie's Gallery

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26 State Street, Newburyport, MA 01950
(978) 499-8444

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Beautiful... Unique... Handmade
American crafts, artisan jewelry, and local art


Returns: If you are not 100% happy with your purchase, items may be returned within 7 days for refund or store credit or returned within 30 days for store credit.

Shipped Items: Items may be returned within 7 days for refund or returned within 30 days for store credit. Although we may have shipped for "free," the original amount of shipping will have to be deducted from the refund or store credit given.

Returns may be sent to: Valerie's Gallery, 26 State Street, Newburyport MA 01950.


Sterling Silver, shiny finish: Sterling silver is 92.5% silver and 9.5% other metals such as copper. These other metals are what tarnishes or discolors. To keep a shiny sterling silver finish, use a polishing cloth. Occasionally we pour a little liquid Tarn-X in a Tupperware container and immerse the piece of jewelry. (Don’t dip any non-silver parts such as gems, gold-filled.) Rinse with water. We also suggest using a little baking soda with the water rinse as this helps neutralize any remaining chemical action that the Tarn-X may still be doing to your piece. 

Sterling Silver, matte finish: 
To keep the matte finish, use a little bit of baking soda to make a paste or use toothpaste (not gel). Using your finger or old toothbrush, gently rub the item.  This will clean any tarnishing while maintaining the matte finish. A polishing cloth can be used to remove tarnish but it will make the piece shiny. If a shiny piece has developed a matte finish, you can use a scotchbrite pad and move in one direction on your piece.

Sterling Silver, storage: To keep sterling from tarnishing to begin with, we have read many recommendations for storing jewelry in airtight ziploc type bags.



Janna Ugone Lamps:  Fingerprints sometimes will start showing as black smudges on the copper stems. The easy solution is to use a dry green scotchbrite pad and rub in a vertical direction. This will take care of the problem and remove small scratches and fingerprints.

Wood clipboards: Boards are treated with a varnish and maybe need a little lemon oil on a clean cloth. 

Wood salad bowls and cutting boards:  They will likely have a food safe mineral oil finish and should be re-oiled occasionally to prevent cracking.

Wood utensils: From Jonathan's Spoons: Jonathan's recommends that you scrub them with a Scotchbrite pad using soap and warm water. Occasionally oil them with natural coconut oil using a paper towel or cloth." Dishwashers are not recommended as they are too dehydrating.