RECOMMENDATIONS FOR CARE
At the now, we want you to love your jewelry - and we want for you to wear it everyday. With that said, it is best to avoid showering or swimming while wearing your jewelry as the chemicals in soaps and shampoos, the chlorine in swimming pools, and salt in sea water are all detrimental to silk, linen, and leather, and can cause silver and gold to change color or tarnish.
Jewelry made with silk, linen or leather is intended to wear and, eventually, to break. This is considered normal wear and breakage. You can extend the life of your bracelet, however, by minimizing exposure to water and chemicals.
Avoid wearing bracelets while doing any manual labor, including housework. Jewelry should be taken off before strenuous activity or during times when it might be subjected to catching, pulling, blows, and excessive friction.
Additionally, periodic inspection and maintenance of jewelry can help prevent more significant damage from occurring: from time to time, inspect your jewelry for loose or chipped stones, worn links, bent prongs, or malfunctioning clasps.
HOW TO CLEAN YOUR JEWELRY
Over time, lotions, powders, soaps, sweat and natural skin oils can make jewelry and gemstones appear dull. Below are some tips for keeping your pieces clean and shiny.
Cleaning Silver Jewelry
Sterling silver tarnishes in the presence of common everyday items that contain sulfur, such as leather, rubber, and chlorine. Other elements to be mindful of are air pollutants and salt water. Because these substances cannot be completely avoided, it is recommended that sterling silver be routinely wiped with a polishing cloth or other piece of clean, lint-free cotton or flannel cloth. Regular wear of sterling silver jewelry can also help prevent tarnishing—we recommend that you enjoy and wear your the now jewelry every day.
To remove heavier tarnish, wash your silver jewelry with warm water and mild pH neutral soap. Using a gentle soap, prepare a small bowl of warm suds and soak each piece before brushing with a soft baby’s toothbrush. When clean, transfer jewelry to a strainer, rinse under warm running water, and pat dry with a soft, lint-free cloth. We do not recommend using silver polish or solutions.
Cleaning Gold Jewelry
Wash your gold jewelry with warm water and mild pH neutral soap. Using a gentle soap, prepare a small bowl of warm suds and soak each piece before brushing with a soft baby’s toothbrush. When clean, transfer jewelry to a strainer, rinse under warm running water, and pat dry with a soft, lint-free cloth. We do not recommend using silver polish or solutions.
Cleaning Jewelry with Crystalline Gemstones
Crystalline gemstones, such as amethyst, blue topaz, citrine, or peridot attract oils and lotions causing them to appear dull. To clean, soak them in a bowl of warm water and mild pH neutral soap. A soft baby’s toothbrush may be used to scrub around and behind the stone. After cleaning, place your jewelry in a strainer and rinse before thoroughly drying with a lint-free cloth.
Cleaning Jewelry with Organic and Opaque Gemstones
Never use an ultrasonic cleaner or chemicals (including bleach or ammonia) on organic gems and opaque stones such as pearls, opals, coral, turquoise, and lapis lazuli. They should only be wiped clean with a damp cloth. In addition, avoid contact with hairspray, lotions, and perfumes, which can be absorbed over time, causing discoloration. Opals and pearls require humidity. When storing them, make sure the environment is not too dry or they may crack.