With proper care, your criscara jewelry will maintain its beauty for years and can become an heirloom piece in your jewelry collection. Best of all, it is very easy to care for if you follow a few simple guidelines.
To protect your jewelry from scratches and other damage, store your jewelry in the jewelry box it is shipped in or in a sealable plastic bag when it’s not being worn.
While we encourage you to wear your jewelry to the beach and the pool, we do not recommend that you wear your jewelry in the water since it can easily get lost or damaged. The salt in sea water, and the chlorine in pool water can be very harsh on jewelry and can both cause tarnish and in some cases permanently damage the metals, gemstones, glass and pearls in your jewelry pieces. Wearing your jewelry in the ocean or pool will shorten the wearable life of your jewelry.
Avoid wearing your jewelry while bathing and showering. It is also best to avoid applying lotions and perfumes directly to your skin while you are wearing your jewelry. If you put your jewelry on last and take it off first, you will help protect it from tarnish and damage.
To remove dirt and oils from jewelry, simply wipe and buff with a soft cotton cloth. This will do the trick 90% of the time.
If the jewelry needs further cleaning, you can dip a cotton cloth in 1 part white vinegar / 1 part water and wipe the jewelry. To remove the vinegar, dip another cloth in water and wipe the jewelry, then allow to dry completely. Do not submerge your jewelry in the cleaning solution.
Use jewelry cleaners and cloths formulated specifically to remove tarnish. Ensure that you verify these cleaners are safe to use with the other materials in your criscara jewelry. Materials such as pearls and amber, and soft gemstones such as turquoise, can be damaged by some cleaners.
A quick wipe with a jewelry cloth will remove tarnish when it first becomes visible. Once tarnish has set in, a dip in a jewelry cleaning solution may be the best option but always read the instructions on any jewelry cleaning product to ensure it is safe to use on your jewelry.
We personally use the Hagerty jewelry cleaning products and recommend Hagerty Silversmith’s Polish (for metal only jewelry) or Hagerty Pearl Clean (for jewelry with gemstones) for our .925 Sterling Silver jewelry. You can find either on Amazon and dozens of other sites online.