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How our jewelry is made:

B Nelson Designs jewelry is hand fabricated in the USA using carefully selected materials. Each piece starts out as a flat sheet of metal. A pattern is traced onto the metal then the shape is cut out using a jeweler's saw or shears. The edges are ground and filed to smooth them. Contrasting metals are formed and fitted to the foundation piece. Next the contrasting design pieces are soldered on to the foundation using silver solder and an acetylene torch. Through multiple heatings, all of the pieces are soldered together. Components are formed with hammers, mandrels, punches, dapping blocks and sometimes a hydraulic press. After all soldering and forming are complete the pieces are oxidized (darkened to bring out detail) then buffed. The brushed finish gives each piece a soft sophisticated look and the design elements stand out.

Materials used in our jewelry:

Sterling silver, bronze (88%-90% copper and 10%-12% tin or phosphorus), 14k gold, copper, jeweler's bronze (red brass) and various agates, jaspers and opals.

Sterling silver has been the foundation of our jewelry. Hand stamped texture, 14k gold and bronze elements are added to create our signature look. We started using bronze as a foundation metal when the price of silver peaked at about $50 per ounce. In some ways bronze is like working with silver and in many ways it is very different. Once we developed skill in working with bronze we decided that it stands on its own esthetically. Bronze, like silver develops a beautiful patina with time and wear. We now use bronze as the foundation metal in a lot of our new pieces.

 

Maintaining Your B Nelson Designs Jewelry:

Our jewelry is easily maintained. You will receive a piece of 3m Scotchbrite with your jewelry. We use the same green Scotchbrite that is available in grocery and hardware stores. The Scotchbrite can be used to gently brush over the high points and brighten them. It can also be used to blend scratches. When using the Scotchbrite, brush in a couple of different directions so the new brush lines cross. If you are concerned about using the Scotchbrite, test it where it won’t show.  Soap and water is sometimes necessary to remove residue, we recommend glass cleaner or dish detergent for this. Store your piece in a re-closeable plastic bag to help prevent tarnish. Silver cloths and/or silver polish will remove tarnish but they are mildly abrasive and the surface will begin to become shinier. Rejuvenate the brushed finish by using the Scotchbrite. Please do not use silver dip, you probably wont like the look.