Empress Necklace from Larissa Loden. Impression Jasper gemstones accented with brass fringes hang from antiqued chain. Necklace 32 inches long with clasp.
- Materials Jasper, Brass
- Antiqued Brass Chain
- Measures 32 in. Long
- Handmade by Women Artisans
- Handmade in Minneapolis, MN
Material & Care
All Larissa Loden jewelry is made by hand in Minneapolis, MN. The materials most frequently used are solid brass and plated brass, with plating including 24k gold and rhodium. They also work with gold fill and sterling silver, most often found in their necklace chains. Their earring ear-wires are primarily gold fill. They also use natural gemstones and acrylic accents in many of the pieces. Nearly all of materials are naturally nickel free and hypoallergenic.
Solid brass that is un-plated will naturally darken/patina over time. If you want to bring it back to its shiniest self, you can polish it with a silver cloth or polishing pad. Don’t put any chemicals on it or use any liquid dip cleaners (like those used for sterling silver).
Plated metals (such as 24k gold plating or silver rhodium plating) are amazing and need almost zero care to keep them shiny – just like a very forgiving houseplant. Just wipe with an untreated cloth and you’re good to go.
To keep your jewelry in tip-top shape, avoid things like wearing it while skinny dipping in the lake, rubbing it down with lotion or sweating all over it at the gym. If you do one or all of these things, see tips above for how to deal.
In general, don’t throw it at the bottom of your purse or toss it on a hard floor or countertop. Always store in a cool, dry place and take it on the go safely in a jewelry bag or travel case. Treat it like it’s special and loved, and it will love you back for a long time to come.
The Story of Larissa Loden
Larissa Loden has been designing and creating jewelry since 2005. Each piece sold supports a woman-mother-artist owned small business that employs a collective of amazing people. Their jewelry is handcrafted in Minneapolis by a team of artisans, mothers, students, and creative individuals.
Larissa Loden is a team that believes when we come together as a community, we can make the world shine a little brighter. That’s just one of the reasons that each year they donate 5% of their profits to Cookie Cart, a nonprofit teaching teens life, leadership, and small business skills through experience and training in an urban bakery.