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How to Care for your Jewelry

How to care for your jewelry - Satin Crystals Boutique

For those of you wondering about how to care for your healing stone jewelry so it remains physically stellar, we have some tips for you! Besides energetically cleaning, charging, and programming gemstone jewelry for healing, you want to care for it physically.

Caring for Jewelry Components

  1. Keep stretch cord jewelry out of prolonged water. Over time, stretch cord jewelry will stretch out. The more you wear it, the more the elasticity will wear out. It’s best to get your stretch bracelets, anklets, and necklaces restrung as soon as you feel some lax in the cord.

  2. Plated metals will peel and fade over time. Metals will oxidize over time, so go with the flow and embrace the urban decay into antiquity. Nothing stays young and shiny forever, appreciate the aging process.

  3. Treat your gemstone jewelry with care. Don’t pull on jewelry cords or clasps with excessive force.

  4. Gently squeeze and wrap metal cuffs, memory wire, and adjustable rings so as not to bend the metal out of shape.

Cleaning Jewelry Metals

  1. If you have precious metals like sterling silver or gold on your jewelry, they will always tarnish and oxidize over time. You can use a polishing cloth or metal liquid solution to clean these parts. Be careful that the stones are okay in the solution because some gems may not be suitable with certain chemicals. 

  2. If you have plated metals, you can try the toothbrush metal. Place your tarnished plated metals in a tray with a tiny bit of water, use an old toothbrush with some toothpaste, like you're going to brush your teeth, and get to scrubbing. Scrub each piece for at least 30 seconds before rinsing and drying completely. Again, be mindful of not scrubbing the stones in your jewelry. 

  3. If you have copper metals, use a paste of equal parts vinegar, flour, and salt. Again, be mindful of your stones in the jewelry, many softer stones will react in the vinegar acid. 

Caring for Jewelry Stones

  1. Keep your healing stone beads out of the water if they are softer stones like Selenite, Angelite, or Pyrite that are not stabilized and will dissolve in water. Ask if unsure!

  2. Treat your healing stone jewelry with care. Don’t pull, slam, bang natural stones as they are not indestructible pieces of plastic!

  3. Some stones may fade in the sun or change colors with wear. Embrace the transformation as you do the changing seasons of the world.

  4. If you do break a bead in your jewelry, you have the option to glue it back in place or have the piece restrung. You may even want to check out kintsugi, a Japanese tradition of enhancing cracks with gold.

  5. If you are too busy to fix your broken beads, they make great stones for potted plants!

  6. Don’t mistake organic veins and craters for cracks though, these are the pits and valleys made by Mother Earth.

Physically Preserving your Jewelry

With these tips and tricks for gemstone jewelry care, you will preserve your pieces for a lifetime. Taking physical care of your Satin Crystals healing jewelry will prolong its wear and keep you united with your stones for years to come.

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Sheila Satin - May 11, 2020

Hi Claudia, salt can definitely ruin the polish and break down softer stones like Angelite and Pyrite. Just running water over the bracelet a very few times would be okay. I would recommend another method altogether for jewelry. Not just because of the gemstone beads but because of the stretch cord that could wear down in water.

For your bracelet in particular, I would recommend sage or incense smoke for cleaning and then charging I would place it in the sunlight and/or moonlight in the windowsill or if you have somewhere safe outdoors. And to program the stones, I would use your intention or meditation.

https://satincrystals.com/pages/crystal-care

Sincerely,
Sheila Satin

Claudia - May 11, 2020

A friend of mine said to cleanse the bracelet in salt and water. Wouldn’t that ruin the beads. Will it diminish their strength or their properties.

Thank you
Claudia

Sheila Satin - May 11, 2020

They certainly can, Claudia. I’ve heard many stories over the years.

One thing you may want to consider is clearing the stone of any energies it has picked up along the way.

If you have not yet, here are some cleaning, charging and programming ideas: https://satincrystals.com/pages/crystal-care

Let me know what progresses!

Sincerely,
Sheila Satin

Claudia - May 11, 2020

Hi there. I was wondering about the angelilte and pyrite bracelet. As soon as I started wearing it it’s made me so anxious. Where I can sleep. I tried it again today and shortly after I put it on it makes me feel on edge…irritated I in a way. Would you happen to know why I’m having this reaction. I keep researching both stones and I cant figure out why I’m feeling this way. It’s an awful sense of panic…can people not be compatible with certain stones?

Thank you
Claudia

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