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Designer jewelry constructed from recycled vintage findings and semi-precious stones.

Handmade in Vancouver BC.

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Jewelry Care

Hailey Gerrits

I get a lot of people asking about our materials, what our jewelry is made of, and how best to care for it. So, if you have any questions about your Hailey Gerrits pieces hopefully this will answer them! If not, please feel free to contact us anytime with any care questions you may have. 

Metal Materials
All of our chains are recycled and vintage. Some of them date back as far as the 1880's but most age between the 1920's and 1980's. We buy in bulk, mostly from warehouses that sell off "deadstock" (items that are no longer being produced). Because of this, many of our designs are limited edition and cannot be reproduced once we run out of certain products. These chains are raw metal, so there is no plating that is going to wear off and because they were made in the good old days, they're also often much higher quality than some of the newer products being produced overseas. Almost all of these chains were produced either in the US or Canada.  

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Care/Maintenance:
Brass is a metal that will age over time, and while it's already done a lot of aging it will continue to do so and sometimes more rapidly when combined with the oils of your skin and its exposure to oxygen. When your jewelry is not being worn, we recommend storing it in a dry air-tight space (like a jewelry box or even just a ziplock bag). Pro-tip: when using ziplocks to store jewelry, leave a bit of the chain outside the top of the bag and zip it up so that it doesn't get tangled. This is always how I travel without doing any damage to my jewelry! Do not store your jewelry in the bathroom, as the humidity in the air there can increase oxygenation and cause tarnish.

What to do if your jewelry gets tarnished? 
Because your Hailey Gerrits jewels likely have semi-precious stones mixed in, we do NOT recommend using chemical cleaners as they can damage the stones :( If you'd like to polish up your chains, there is a simple DIY solution: soy sauce, ketchup, or a combination of lemon juice and salt or lemon juice and baking soda. Something magical happens with the salt/acid in these products and they will shine brass right up! And they're all natural. I recommend putting a little bit on a paper towel or dish sponge and just running the chains through. You can give it a little scrub if it needs it but please be gentle with your piece. After, use a damp cloth, dish sponge, or paper towel with a little bit of soap and water to rinse and you're good to go. This is often how I clean chains fresh from the warehouse, before they get used in designs. Polishing cloths used for silver or other metals will often work for a quick clean also. 

If you need any extra help, here's some links: 
Cleaning with Ketchup (same method works with Soy Sauce, which I actually prefer).
Cleaning with Lemon Juice and Salt/Baking Soda

Happy polishing!

HG

Spring/Summer 2017

Hailey Gerrits

This past year, I was lucky enough to enjoy two trips to Mexico: the first with my guy to beautiful Tulum, and the second with him and my parents to Nuevo Vallarta and Sayulita. I'm always reminded of the colourful way in which people express themselves in this beautiful country. Architecture, clothing, art - everything is bright, bold, and daring. 

For a long time now, I've had a sort of fascination with Frida Kahlo and her art. I'm incredibly inspired by (and slightly jealous of) her sense of self and individuality. Especially in the 1940s-50s when women were often silenced in popular culture, Kahlo was an incredible female historical voice, and she also had impeccable taste in jewelry. I wanted to create a collection with her bold spirit in mind that is inspired by her culture and country. 

Here's some of the inspo images that have been floating around my studio throughout the creation process. Looking forward to sharing the finished products with all of you soon!

Fall/Winter 2016

Hailey Gerrits

It's here! 

After months of coordinating with suppliers, designing, assembling, and re-designing - the Fall/Winter 2016 collection has finally dropped on the site. Each collection is always a labour of love and there's a lot of blood, sweat, and tears in this one. 

Below is a few images that I used as inspiration throughout the process. 

Thanks for stopping by, and happy shopping 

HG xo