FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
Q: What does vintage mean?
A: In order to technically consider something vintage, it must have a production date of at least twenty years ago and not have been mass produced. All pieces have been purchased at estate sales, flea markets or yard sales, making it hard to verify the exact age and therefore, more easily classifiable as antique, thrifted or used. After careful research, we've estimated the decade each piece was produced in and have noted it in the descriptions. When selecting our collections, we focus on pieces produced between the 1940s and 1990s. Keep in mind there's only one of each piece available for purchase!
Q: How do I know what condition the piece I'm interested in is?
A: Please embrace and celebrate the unique, typical worn in character of each piece. This is a natural part of owning something vintage. Our collection is consistent in quality and we do not sell anything that is broken or extremely tarnished. Each product description will make mention of the condition each piece, either excellent or good, and if marked, the name of the designer. Every piece has been professionally cleaned with an ultrasonic cleanser using the appropriate cleaning solution. For questions regarding the condition of a specific piece, please don't hesitate to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A: How sweet! Once you proceed to checkout, leave us a note in the special instructions section and we promise to make it extra special. Regardless, each order will come packaged in a velvet jewelry bag wrapped in tissue paper with a "sweet note" card.
Q: How do I care for my new Spark?
A: Please embrace and celebrate the unique, worn in character of each piece. To preserve your new, "old" piece, store it in the velvet jewelry bag that came with your purchase. Keep it in a cool, dry location and when necessary, wipe down with a soft rag to remove any dust. Traditional jewelry cleaner can be used occasionally to enhance shine. Stay away from using anything with ammonia and do not immerse jewelry with stones into any type of liquid.
Q: Do clip-on earrings hurt?
A: Due to the predominant statement style of vintage clip-on earrings, clip backs help secure large earrings from drooping. Foam pads are included with any earring purchase. Screw back clip-ons and any Monet clip-ons (they designed their own exclusive backs) are usually more comfortable than fold over clip-ons.
Q: Can I convert clip-on earrings to posts?
A: While it is possible to convert your favorite clip-on earrings to posts, we do not provide this service. A jeweler will be able to advise whether it's possible for a particular pair or not. Keep in mind you have 30 days to make a return if you choose to explore this option.
Q: Is vintage jewelry nickel free?
A: All of the pieces on our site are one-of-a-kind, authentic vintage from a range of decades and designers so we can't be certain what the exact materials are. Generally, people with jewelry sensitivities can wear vintage because they way they used to manufacture it much different than today. They used to triple plate the finishes so the base metal (where the nickel typically is) is that much farther away from the skin.
A: Howard has been in the antique business for more than 25 years. Sweet & Spark started as a lifestyle blog in 2012 and re-launched as a curated vintage jewelry brand in 2013.