Jewelry Care

Caring for Seed Bead Jewelry

Seed beads are glass, not plastic, beads. They are strong, and unlikely to break if dropped, but can be broken if something heavy is placed on top of them. Avoid wearing your jewelry in pools, saunas, or hot tubs. Chlorine, minerals, and other chemicals can cause color changes in the beads and weaken the thread.

If the jewelry is tossed in a tray, bag, or pocket and becomes kinked, just move your fingers down the fringe using a gentle rolling motion to straighten them back out.

 

Care for Natural Stone and Turquoise Jewelry

Perfumes, hair spray, sunscreen, and other chemicals may change the color or structure of turquoise and other stones, as can natural oils over time. Cosmetics should be applied before putting on your jewelry. Do not wear jewelry in pools, saunas, or hot tubs. Extended exposure to direct sunlight may cause discoloration of turquoise over time.

To keep your jewelry bright, take it off every night and gently clean stones and metals with a soft cloth to avoid a buildup of residue. Turquoise is a softer stone and turquoise jewelry should be stored in its own container to avoid getting scratched by harder stones. Commercial jewelry cleaners are not recommended.

 

Care for Copper and Silver Jewelry

For longevity and daily shine, take off your jewelry every night and wipe it with a clean, soft cloth. For a more thorough cleaning, use a jewelry polishing cloth. Submerging pieces in cleaners or vigorous scrubbing can remove the intentional patina and is not recommended.

Avoid wearing your jewelry in pools, saunas, or hot tubs. Chlorine, minerals, and other chemicals can cause metals to tarnish. Keeping your jewelry clean will help prevent copper jewelry from turning your skin green and keep both copper and silver bright and beautiful.