Most of my work comes with a matte oxidized patina. This patina will change over time with wear, and the darkness may slowly lighten over time in the places it comes in contact with your skin. To keep your jewelry looking like it did when it arrived to you, keep it stored in a container, like the cloth bag it came in or a jewelry box. If and when you think it needs any cleaning, I recommend not using silver polish or a polishing cloth, this usually ends up taking off too much of the patina. I recommend using a Q-tip with the tiny amount of toothpaste, rub it all over the surface of the silver and then rinse with water and dry thoroughly. In some cases you may want the patina restored to it's original darkness, and in this case I will re-do the patina for you at no extra cost, just send me an email and we can discuss details.