Care of Polished (shiny) Jewelry
Jewelry should not be exposed to chemicals, especially if it contains a stone. Taking your jewelry off before swimming or cleaning will keep it from becoming damaged by harsh chemicals. To prevent tarnish when not wearing your jewelry, store the item in an airtight plastic bag or container with a tarnish inhibitor strip (typically included with your purchase). A light cleaning with a soft cloth or a commercial polishing cloth should be all that is needed to keep your jewelry looking fresh. When sterling, copper, or brass is allowed to sit in open air for a long period of time, tarnish will occur. If needed, a commercial tarnish remover may be used. However, if your piece has a stone in it, do not allow the commercial tarnish remover to come into contact with the stone as it may damage or discolor the stone.
Jewelry Care Instructions
Here at Mint, we make a variety of beautiful, unique jewelry pieces. All are made to last, but misuse or improper care can reduce the amount of time that your jewelry lasts you. Follow these care tips to keep your jewelry looking just as fantastic as the day you got it! If your jewelry becomes damaged due to normal wear, tear, and storage, please contact us so we can fix it for you!
Care of Oxidized (Blackened) Jewelry
Jewelry should not be exposed to chemicals, especially if it contains a stone. Taking your jewelry off before swimming or cleaning will keep it from becoming damaged by harsh chemicals. The beautiful patina applied to your jewelry makes it very easy to care for! No need to store it in airtight bags or anything, though it is recommended that you do not leave it in a wet place such as a bathroom. Do not use any type of tarnish remover or cleaner on this beautiful jewelry as it could disrupt the coloring of the piece.
Care of Jewelry Containing Sari Silk
Care for the metal components according to the above instructions. Sari silk is washable. Use cool water and a mild soap, and then let it air dry. If your jewelry contains sari silk in addition to other components, take note as to what the components are and make sure to follow the care instructions for those. If your jewelry contains wood beads, avoid getting them wet.
Care of Jewelry Containing Leather
Care for the metal components according to the above instructions. It is okay for leather to get wet when washing hands, from rain, etc, but please avoid completely submerging the leather in water as this could have undesired effects. If your leather jewelry does get wet, lay it to dry in the position that it is intended to be in. When leather dries, it will dry in whatever position that it was left damp in. Avoid using any chemicals on your leather. Take leather jewelry off before showering, swimming, doing dishes, or cleaning.