At Grace and Able, we partner with artisans from all over the world to create amazing, handmade pieces for you, which means that no two pieces are exactly the same! But then neither are you.

While each purchase goes through various quality control checks, here are a few tips to help you look after and improve the longevity of your piece.

General Care Recommendations:

  • Please do not use tomato sauce, coke, or pure lemon juice on our pieces. While they may make it shine, these methods remove the outer layer of gold and/or silver on our pieces and will leave it with a copper/rose gold look.
  • Never clean your jewellery in bleach, this will break down your jewellery.
  • If the jewellery contains gemstones or pearls, do not submerge the entire piece into water. Instead, use a cotton swab with mild dish-washing liquid to wash. Chlorine bleach, alcohol, turpentine, acetone and ammonia are all harmful to gemstones and pearls. These chemicals can dull or even pit the surface on softer gemstones.
  • As with all our pieces, we recommend for the best longevity of your purchase to store your pieces separate from each other to prevent scratching.
  • At Grace and able we recommend keeping your jewellery free from hair sprays, lotions, perfume, chlorine, etc. Allow perfumes and lotions to dry before putting on your jewellery.

Caring for Paper Bead Jewellery:

Our paper beads are water resistant, yes but not actually waterproof. They have been shellacked or glossed several times with varnish to give them a wonderful high gloss shine and make them water resistant. Wipe them clean with a slightly damp cloth is no problem, but you should not bathe, wash dishes or swim in them.

Caring for Sterling Silver Jewellery:

The easiest and best way to prevent tarnishing is to store clean, dry sterling silver in a dry airtight container, like a zip-loc bag. You can purchase anti-tarnishing strips from certain jewellers if required. Polishing jewellery pieces regularly will take care of most tarnishing and cleaning problems.

  • A jewellery polishing cloth is designed with a treated interior cloth for cleaning and an exterior cloth for polishing. Clean your jewellery with the inside cloth first. Moisten the cloth slightly for extremely tarnished pieces. After your jewellery is cleaned, then lightly buff it with the outer cloth to create a rich lustre.
  • If your jewellery needs a little more attention, a sparing use of a polishing cream can help but please be aware that less is always more. Also these polishing chemicals should never be used to clean gemstones, pearls, agate or any other stones in our jewellery.
  • Don’t leave silver jewellery in the bathroom. Humidity can speed up the oxidation process that produces tarnish. Minimise sterling silver’s contact to chemicals (hairspray, perfume, body lotions, bleach, etc.) and do not wear it in the shower, swimming pool or spa.
  • After taking it off, clean it with a dry soft cloth before putting it back into an airtight container.

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.