My malas are made with a strong nylon and bracelets with a strong stretch cord. I work with high quality gemstones, tassels and amulets. All my copper jewelry are made with 100% solid copper. But there are a few things you need to think about so your piece don’t break.
- Don’t sleep with your yoga jewelry. Store in dry, clean place.
- Never try to force your mala over your wrist
- Don’t shower with your yoga jewelry. Contact with water will make your jewelry eventually break, especially if strung on stretch cord.
- Don’t expose to salt water.
- Don’t expose to harsh chemicals, such as chlorine, detergents or lotions and perfumes with chemicals and fragrance. Chemicals will erode the finish of your gemstone.
- Avoid wearing your yoga jewelry in any activity where there might be high impact. A blow can damage and crack the stones. Never throw a gemstone on a hard surface, like a marble kitchen counter or glass table.
- Don’t use jewelry cleaner or clean with water, just wipe off with damp cloth if you need to clean it.
- Gemstones can fade if exposed to strong sun
- Keep gemstone jewelry out of reach of children.
- A tassel will break if someone pulls hard on it.
- Same rules as gemstone beads, don’t sleep, shower, swim or expose to chemicals.
- All wood beads will darken with time, and become a bit glossier from contact with skin. The more you wear them the more beautiful patina they will get.
- If your mala or bracelets starts to look dry, don’t try to wash or rub with oils. Just start wearing it more. The oil from your skin is all they need.
- To bring back the scent of Sandalwood beads, just store in a zip lock bag over night. That’s it!
- Avoid contact with oils directly on the beads.
- Copper is a metal that will develop a deep patina and will turn darker quickly with regular wear (directly on skin, like a ring or bracelet). I personally think this is the charm of copper, but it is super easy to restore the lighter color and shine back. All you need to do is polish it with a brass brush (I sell these here). You can also try soaking your copper jewelry in a warm water solution with 2 tbsp white vinegar and 1 tsp salt (important: no more than 1-2 minutes!).
A copper ring will also leave a greenish coloring on the skin (no worries, this goes away with just soap and water). I only work with 100% solid copper and this is simply a natural reaction of copper. You can paint the inside of the ring with clear nail polish if the coloration bugs you.
Avoid swimming, sweating or sleeping with your copper jewelry. Also keep your copper jewelry away from lotions, oils and perfumes.
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