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Care Instructions

e have listed some care instructions to help preserve your jewelry and enjoy the brilliance of each design.

Overview: Wear your jewelry after you have dressed and applied any chemicals (i.e. cosmetics, hairspray, perfume, etc.) These chemicals tend to dull and even harm your jewelry. Avoid contact with water. Do not use any type of cleaners; wipe the jewelry gently with a moist cloth and then dry them with a soft, lint-free cloth before putting them away. Do not store semi-precious stones in direct sunlight. Exposure to air, humidity and moisture causes tarnish. To minimize tarnish, store your piece in a zip-lock bag with the air squeezed out and then place in the drawstring bag provided at the time of purchase.

Cleaning: The first step to maintaining the look and luster of your handcrafted jewelry is to clean it properly. The more often you wear something, the more often it will need to be cleaned, since wearing handmade bracelets or rings will introduce them to the oils from your skin and the chemicals of things you touch. Always use a cleaner that matches the main material of your jewelry; for example, cleaners for gold will not work on handmade silver jewelry because they are designed to clean and preserve a different metal. Also be careful of how you clean your jewelry. Handmade beaded jewelry and gemstone jewelry will need to be cleaned differently because of the presence of the beads and gems; generally, a jewelry cleaner should not touch the gems, as it can wear off the shiny polish or be absorbed by a porous stone. You can purchase these metal cleaners in liquid or paste form or you can use a jewelry cleaning machine to care for your unique jewelry. You can also use mildly sudsy warm water and pat your jewelry dry.

For gemstones and pearls, we recommend using a damp cloth (with water) to gently wipe the pieces. Never use ultrasonic cleaners and chemicals on gemstones and pearls. Never immerse them in water (if the gemstones are in a setting, they can become loose). Also, never use a silver polishing cloth directly on your gemstones and pearls.

Freshwater Pearl Jewelry: Freshwater pearls are soft and can be easily scratched. They can also be damaged by extreme dryness, but never immerse them completely in water. An occasional cleaning with a moist, soft cloth is best.  Be sure to avoid chemicals like alcohol, ammonia, bleach, chlorine, acetone, hairspray, perfume and cosmetics.  Do not use a silver polishing cloth on pearls.

Semi-Precious Gemstone Jewelry: Do not use dips or abrasive cleaners on gemstones.  Do not use an ultrasonic cleaner, ammonia or other chemical solution to clean opaque gemstones like onyx, turquoise, and opals. These stones are porous and may absorb the chemicals causing discoloration.  Do not immerse your semi-precious gemstone jewelry in water. Wipe them gently with a moist cloth and then dry them with a soft, lint-free cloth before putting them away. Do not store semi-precious gemstones in direct sunlight.

Storage:  Silver jewelry should always be stored separately from other jewelry in airtight plastic bags to prevent scratching from other jewelry and tarnishing from the moisture in the air.  Avoid storing your silver handmade earrings or other silver jewelry pieces in the open air, as this will make them tarnish faster.  Silver handmade earrings often come with special plastic bags in the right size to protect them. Handmade necklaces and handmade bracelets made of silver can differ a lot, so be careful how you store them; pieces with lots of ornamentation shouldn't be stored with sleek and simple jewelry. Necklaces made of other metals that don't tarnish like silver should be hung to keep them from tangling. Bracelets and rings can be set in drawers, while earrings should have special posts or holders for the pins and clasps.

Preventive steps: Your handmade necklaces and other jewelry will be easier to clean if they're not very dirty or scratched in the first place. Never wear your jewelry while swimming, sunbathing or cleaning; extensive exposure to saltwater, sunlight or harsh chemicals can permanently damage your handmade jewelry. There are damage-prevention tips for specific metals, too; for example, silver is a soft metal, so always remove your handmade silver jewelry before lifting heavy items or doing strenuous work that could potentially damage it. You may also wish to remove handmade beaded jewelry or gemstone jewelry in these situations to avoid having the beads or gems accidentally break off. Do not sleep with your jewelry on. This causes unnecessary stress on the components and will make them more likely to break. Remove jewelry before doing household chores, especially when washing dishes. Remember, many household cleaners contain bleach or other harsh chemicals that are harmful to jewelry.


 

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