All Pieces are designed and handmade in New York City.
We strive to limit our ecological impact and improve small business in New York.
All pieces described as "Solid 14K Gold" or "Fine" are cast in 14K gold. The metal colors available are Yellow, Rose and White 14K gold. 18K gold is available upon request. Please note, the chain used for the Mini Hidden Message Necklace is not available in 18K Rose Gold due to it's material properties.
All pieces described as "Sterling Silver" or "Vermeil" are cast in 925 Sterling Silver. The finishes are Silver, Gold Vermeil and Rose Gold Vermeil. Gunmetal is available upon request and requires additional lead time.
For the Hidden Message necklace and silver collection, the following terms are used to describe the metal finishes:
Silver is matte finished with oxidized interiors and crevices.
Gold is a matte 14K yellow gold vermeil plating over sterling silver.
Rose Gold is a matte 14K pink gold vermeil plating over sterling silver.
Avoid wearing your fine jewelry in a situations where it may be damaged easily, e.g when doing manual jobs, or playing sports. Remove items before sleeping and washing. Avoid contact with household chemicals, perfumes and hairsprays. When not wearing your jewelry, keep it in a safe place. Place in box or pouch and separate from other items which may knock or scratch it.
Both oxidized silver and 14K gold vermeil pieces have undergone special surface treatments and they must be handled differently than that of regular silver or gold. Never use any abrasive methods to clean these pieces, (including jewelry cloths!) as these will remove the surface treatment all together.
You can clean your jewelry at home with a very soft toothbrush and warm soapy water. Dry with a soft cloth afterwards. Chains can be occasionally cleaned with a jewelry dip for gold, platinum or silver, but please avoid using jewelry dip on treated surfaces. If you feel your jewelry requires a specialized clean, please take it to a professional or contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Jewelry should be removed prior to showering, swimming, going to the gym, or any other activity that would make your jewelry vulnerable to water and moisture. Please avoid spraying perfume, applying lotion, or wearing cosmetics near where your jewelry is worn as these products can have compounds that strip the surface treatments entirely and/or exacerbate the tarnishing process.
Over time and with frequent wear, the surface treatment will wear and take on a patina which some people love, as it gives a unique character to each piece. However any piece can easily and affordably be brought back to its original look by re-doing the surface treatment process. If you are interested in having this process re-done feel free to contact us.
Jewelry should be stored in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. A jewelry box or a jewelry pouch are a great way to keep your items safe and stored away from elements that may cause extra wear and tarnishing.
The blackish color of oxidized sterling silver is a special treatment that is created by careful processing. With time and with wear the color of the oxidized metal may lighten a bit. This is a natural and organic occurrence.
Vermeil, is a precious metal made of sterling silver with a coating of at least 14 karat gold. Beth Macri Designs uses 3 microns of 14 karat gold which is the highest plating available. Vermeil is very delicate but more durable than gold-plated jewelry. Vermeil should be worn with care and taken off before spraying perfume, using lotions, bathing, using harsh chemicals or going into a pool or hot tub.