Jewelry Care

To preserve your jewelry and ensure that it lasts over time, follow the jewelry care tips outlined in the passages below.

Polishing Metals

ZAMAK is a mix alloy of zinc, aluminum, magnesium and copper dipped in silver. It does not tarnish like silver, so it’s easier to care for. ZAMAK is also strong, durable and corrosion resistant, so these pieces should last over time. To keep your ZAMAK metals sparkling, simply wipe them with a soft cloth or chamois.

For all other metals, such as silver, gold, brass, copper, pewter and steel, we recommend NEVR-DULL® – a magic cotton wadding cloth, available on Amazon, that’s both economical and long lasting. This product has been around for years, and a five ounce can should last a lifetime. Simply rub metal pieces with a small cotton wad and buff to a shine. It’s easy to use and never scratches.

ZAMAK Horse head, red tiger eye & black onyx bracelet
Horse Head, Red Tiger Eye & Black Onyx Bracelet

Smudging Gemstones and Crystals

Gemstones and crystals absorb the energy around them, and so need to be reset from time to time. As jewelry care, we like to smudge our stones with white sage (Salvia apiana) and, as a ritualistic part of our jewelry making process, all finished pieces are smudged before you find and make them your own.

burning sage stick

Burn a little sage and wave your pieces through the smoke bath for about 30 seconds. Let the smoke cleanse and extract any negative energies the stones have collected. Think of this ritual as a refresh for your gemstones and crystals.

And as an added bonus, white sage not only has a soothing aroma, it’s also rich in compounds that activate certain brain receptors to elevate mood levels, reduce stress, and relieve pain.


By following these jewelry care tips, you can be sure that your Animate Me Designs pieces will last. Browse our selection of handcrafted pieces or email us an idea that animates you!