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


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.


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.