Q: What is a good source to learn more about the healing properties of crystals?
A: There are many books and sources online. I recommend starting with Judy Hall's 'Crystal Bible'. It is an excellent resource for quickly accessing information on a wide range of stones, where they are from, and their metaphysical properties.
Q: How do I clean silver fill and gold fill jewelry?
A: Soft jewelry polishing cloths treated with gentle cleansers work or warm soapy water and pat dry afterwards.
Q: How do I clean brass and copper jewelry?
A: Sometimes the simplest answer is the best. Warm soapy water is works well! Pat dry after washing. You can also use Sunshine cloths which are impregnated with microabrasives or any metal polishing designed for polishing silver.
Q: Will copper or brass turn my skin green?
A: This can happen with copper jewelry. Perspertion combined with prolonged skin contact can stir up metal oxidation that transfers to the contact area. It is not harmful and washes of with soap and water. Not everyone will experience this.
Q: What is copper made of?
A: Copper is a naturally occurring element. It is a soft, malleable, and non brittle with very high thermal and electrical conductivity. A freshly exposed surface of pure copper has a pinkish-orange color. Copper will naturally darken and require occasional polishing.
Q: What is brass made of?
A: Brass is an alloy of copper and zinc. Brass will naturally darken and require occasional polishing.
Q: What is sterling silver made of?
A: There are different sterling alloys. The most common sterling alloy is 92.5% silver and 7.5% copper.