As with any jewelry, it is important to be gentle and loving to your gemstone jewelry. Cleanse and recharge them as needed.
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In general, bracelets are strung on a high-quality stretch crystal string that had been pre-stretched appropriately prior to beading, but if mishandling, will overstretch with time. Bracelets with larger beads ( 10 mm) are strung on strong, clear latex free Powercord.
Charms and charm bails are zinc or other metal alloys unless otherwise stated in the description. They may or may not contain nickel, so if you have any allergies, please consider this. They can tarnish from water or even from your sweat. Gently cleans them with soft cloths and avoid contact with any chemicals or water.
Whatever you do, do not pull on one end of the bracelet to form a triangle and stretch it over your hand. It stresses the elastic and eventually, it will snap. To keep your bracelet in tip-top shape, roll the beads over your wrist, stretching the elastic as little as possible.
If you never take off your elastic jewelry, it is being exposed to chemicals that are breaking down the elastic over time. The shampoo and soaps in the shower, hair sprays, perfume, body lotions, and sunscreen. They all do their part to help break down and weaken the elastic over time, eventually causing it to snap. Take elastic bracelets off before applying lotions or sprays. Ideally, don't wear them in the pool or the ocean either and do not sleep with them.
How to care for your Mala necklace?
Please do not wrap your mala around your wrist to wear for long periods of time, as this stress can cause your mala to break. You will need to clean your gems gently. A simple glass cleaning cloth or micro-fiber cloth is perfect for cleaning and polishing these Mala beads. Do not use harsh substances or cleaning products on any of your Mala jewelry. When you are not wearing it, place it flat down or hang it, making sure the tassel is not tangled.
Treat gemstone malas with care, as gems can crack with force. Store your mala in a box provided when not in use. Freshen up the tassel! When the tassel shows some wear, you can wet and comb the strands, trim if needed, and let dry overnight. Also, if a metal is used on your mala, over time the beads can tarnish, please read about how to prevent tarnishing.