Jewelry Care & Cleaning
Jewelry is delicate by nature, even with the highest quality components and craftsmanship. Other than glass beads, metals, most gemstones and various beading materials will react to detergents, lotions, perfumes, chlorine and salt. Please follow the following guidelines to promote longevity of your jewelry piece.
- sterling silver will tarnish naturally, and this patina can be removed easily before dark oxidation has set in by gently rubbing with a soft dry microfiber or cotton cloth
- deliberately oxidized sterling silver should not be cleaned, simply buffed with a soft dry microfiber or cotton cloth to restore shine
- natural copper and brass will darken with time; this patina is desirable and polishing with chemicals is not recommended
- 14K gold-fill is fused to a base metal (such as brass) and will not discolor or fade with regular wear.
- the high quality gold and rhodium plated components made in the USA will not discolor and can be buffed with a soft dry microfiber or cotton cloth
- excessive pulling or tugging
- applying lotions and perfumes after putting on jewelry
- wearing your jewelry in the shower, pool or ocean (over time, this will cause irreversible damage to sterling silver and will promote rapid tarnishing)
- store your jewelry in airtight container such as a plastic zippered bag to significantly delay oxidation of metals (especially here on the Hawai'ian Islands)
- if needed, clean and polish beads and metals with a soft dry cloth
- to remove surface dirt and build-up, clean jewelry piece in a mild soap and water solution, rubbing gently, and then rinse with clean water
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