Caring for Gold Plated Jewellery:
Our artisans gold plate the wire themselves in pure 24k gold using wire which has 7 times the gold content of regular plated wire for our semiprecious gemstone bracelets. Each bracelet goes through a quality check 4 times before leaving Sri Lanka. We advise the following for caring for these and any gold plated jewellery:
- Remove all gold-plated jewellery before sleeping, cleaning, showering, swimming, exercising and applying any lotion, perfume, hairspray or make-up. These may cause a film residue to form, making it appear dull and dingy while household cleaners and other harsh chemicals will reduce the lustre and can permanently damage your gold-plated jewellery over time.
- Be aware that some skin PH will react differently to the plating than others. Simply use a soft cotton cloth and lukewarm water to clean your bangles. Allow to dry completely before wearing again. Avoid jewellery cloth or cleaners as these may contain harsh chemicals and micro-abrasives.
Caring for Mixed Metal Jewellery:
Many of our Indian pieces contain mixed metals, including nickel. They are lead and cadmium free. Mixed metals are particularly reactive in moist or wet conditions.
- Sometimes metal can cause skin discolouration or reaction during wear. There are a few factors to consider when wearing any kind of metal jewellery: individual skin PH levels make a difference. What may discolour and leave a mark on your skin may not do anything to your friends skin.
- If a greyish residue is left on skin or clothing after wearing metal jewellery, this can be caused by the finish that the artisans wipe on the piece during the last stage of production. If this finish is not wiped thoroughly, there remains a slight residue on the jewellery that can cause grey marks during wear. If this happens, we recommend wiping down the jewellery thoroughly with a dry cotton cloth you don’t mind getting a bit dirty.
Caring for Acai Seed and Tagua Nut Jewellery:
Acai seeds and Tagua nuts are very hard and durable but they are sensitive to water so please do not wear your piece in the shower, swimming pool or beach. Water will not destroy the beads, but it can possibly cause the beads to warp or crack, if submerged for long enough. If need be, tagua can be polished by hand with natural waxes (beeswax works well for this) and buffed to a shine. Generally you only need to do this once a year if at all.