How to Care for Stretch Bracelets
Keep the stretch in your bracelets and never lose your gemstone beads again with proper wear and restringing maintenance.
Why wear crystal stretch bracelets?
Stretch bracelets are the easiest form of a bracelet to wear. Even little tykes can slip them on and off with ease. No clasp means no fumbling around in frustration.
Crystal beaded stretch bracelets, in particular, are worn to infuse your aura with the gemstone's healing energies. Keeping positive energy with you throughout the day ensures you are always in the right frame of mind and on the right path in life.
The colors, crystals, and healing energies you pick will show off your personal style. Choose a dainty piece, a large statement design, or stack your stretch bracelets any way you desire. It shows the world who you are, what you like, and attracts others who vibrate on your same wavelength.
When should I restring my stretch bracelet?
It is time to restring your stretch bracelet whenever you feel it losing its elasticity. Like a spring mattress, you want the cord to be firm and bouncy. Once it is tired and deflated, it needs refreshing.
Another indicator that you need to restring your stretch bracelet is if you see the cord fraying. The stretch cord is made out of many little cords woven together for strength. If one of these tiny cords is fraying, it endangers the whole bracelet.
Is your stretch bracelet hanging by a thread? You've gone beyond the prescribed restringing guide!
A client of mine came to me a year later with his Calcite bracelet and it was literally hanging by a thread (see the picture above and see it live in the video). He said he wore it every day for the past year and thought it would be a good time to restring it.
Uh...yes, it's definitely time for a revamp!
Calcite is a relatively soft stone so it doesn't do that well in water. Some of the beads have fractured and the others lost their luster and have been smoothed away with time and water. Considering that this bracelet went in the shower uncountable times, I was surprised to see that it was still hanging on.
Looking at its well-worn condition, this bracelet should have been restrung every month at a minimum. The bracelet was no longer worth restringing, so I traded him a fresh Calcite Happiness Bracelet in exchange for his well-worn relic so that I could use it as an example for you as what not to do!
How much does it cost to restring bracelets?
If you want to learn to restring your bracelets, you can find Youtube tutorials and restring at the cost of stretch cord. If you have a friend or a nearby jewelry shop, take your bracelet to them.
If you are not interested in restringing yourself and do not have anyone near you to do the job, send your bracelets into Satin Crystals and we can restring for a fee. The best deal yet, join the Satin Crystals VIP club and get free restringing on the lifetime of any stretch bracelet you buy directly from our bracelet collection.
3 Tips to Keep your Stretch Bracelets from Breaking
Stretch cord should be kept out of prolonged water. Take your bracelet off before showering, swimming, or washing the dishes. The elastic cord will wear down with long exposure to water, both hot and cold.
Keep your stretch bracelets away from harsh cleaning chemicals, extreme temperatures, lotions, perfumes, soaps, and anything that will react with the elastic.
Wear your stretch bracelets the proper way. Do not overstretch.
How to properly wear a stretch bracelet?
This one seems obvious, but there is actually a proper way to wear stretch bracelets. I always took it for granted that people were innately born with the ability to slide on their elastic jewelry, but upon some research, things started making sense. No wonder some clients come back to me soon after their purchase saying they have stretched their bracelets out of form while others can maintain their bracelets for years to come.
Unfortunately, stretch bracelet is not eternally elastic, so you have to slip it on and off your wrist with gentle care. You want to roll the bracelet gently on and off your hand instead of overly-stretching the bracelet. In fact, you want to keep the stretching to a minimum. Just a tender roll onto the wrist will do!
Hanging by All Threads
Now that you know how to properly wear, care for, and where to get your bracelets restrung, continue on your crystal jewelry journey. If you have questions or comments, we are happy to answer them below.
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