Special Care Instructions
Care and Consideration
In order for you to keep accessories clean and in good condition, gently wipe off dirt, residues or oils with a soft (100% cotton lint-free) cloth after each wearing. Apply make-up, hairspray, perfume or other products prior to putting on jewelry to prevent damage especially to softer stones and build-up on your jewelry. Once a month, you may clean your jewelry using a soft bristled toothbrush and a drop of diluted liquid mild soap (never use toothpaste or other abrasive cleaner as they may scratch metals). Be sure to rinse quickly and dry thoroughly prior to re-storing.
Some stones maybe very brittle and crack easily. Therefore, one should wear the special jewelry with care to avoid broken stones. Daily wear of these hand-wired necklaces/bracelets etc. is fine but not recommended and should wear only during special occasions or if you want to accessorize your simple outfit.
Don’t forget to remove jewelry pieces if you are doing activities that require them to be submerged in liquid for any length of time (i.e. doing dishes, bathing, swimming, etc.). Always remove your jewelry before using any product that contains bleach or chlorine. These chemicals can cause most metals (even gold) to break down as well as discolor and damage softer stones.
Tarnish Prevention and Storage Tips
To help prevent accessories from tarnishing, simply place the jewelry back in the zip lock plastic (you may cover it with a tissue or soft cloth) and place it in the pouch bag provided when not in use.
When your jewelry begins to tarnish or become heavily soiled you may soak your jewelry in warm water with a mild liquid soap for 2-3 minutes. Rinse thoroughly and allow your jewelry to dry completely on a lint-free cloth before re-storing it in your bags.
Be very careful when using any soaking method to clean jewelry that has soft stones (amber, azurite, calcite, chrysocolla, fluorite, lapis lazuli, malachite, pearls, rhodochrosite, sodalite and turquoise are all soft stones which should be cleaned with care). Extended soaking in any solution may harm the polish on the stone. With these soft stones it is preferable to simply wipe the stones down with a little soapy water rather than soaking them. Because they are very porous they absorb liquid and can become discolored by any chemicals - even soap. Pearls are especially sensitive to acidity and humidity. It is recommended again that you wrap jewelry pieces in jeweler’s tissue or soft cloth and store directly in a soft bag as moisture can build up in a plastic bag and damage the pearls.