How to care for your PrinEle pieces

Care for your PrinEle pieces and they will shine! Read on for specific care tips for your jewelry.

 

+ Mala necklace care

PrinEle mala necklaces are made with nylon cord, natural gemstones, and are hand knotted for extra strength and security. Like any other cherished piece of jewelry, you’ll want to handle your mala with care.

  • In general, don’t expose your mala to lotion, cosmetics, perfume, and be sure not to exercise, sleep, swim, shower or store in a high moisture area.

  • If you are using your mala for meditation, it will wear faster.

  • Many gemstones are soft and will scratch or even crack if dropped or met with hard surfaces.

If your mala breaks, it means the world is ending! Just playin’. A broken mala is not a negative thing, but rather a positive sign of personal growth. Many people believe that a broken mala represents a breakthrough, signifying the end of a cycle or the completion of your original intention. In this context, a broken mala offers you an opportunity to set a new intention. That being said, your happiness is my priority. If your mala breaks within 60 days of purchase I will happily re-knot it free of charge.

+ Stretch bracelet and 108 bead wrist mala care

  • To prolong the life of your bracelet, do not expose to lotion, cosmetics, perfume, and be sure not to sleep, exercise, shower, swim or store in a high moisture area.

  • Metal beads and charms: TierraCast makes high quality beads, charms and findings. All TierraCast jewelry components are made with a pewter alloy called Britannia that is lead, cadmium and nickel safe. All castings are electroplated using precious metals: fine silver, 22 karat gold, rhodium or copper. Keep your metal components shiny by following the above care instructions. TierraCast can be lightly polished if tarnished.

  • Semi-precious stone: Many gemstones are soft and will scratch if they bump against harder stones such as diamonds. When traveling, wrap in a protective cloth.

  • Stretch cord: I use a very high quality, latex free stretch cord and tie a mean surgeon’s knot. However, if for any reason your bracelet should need restringing— because let's face it, you are going to wear your bracelet in the ocean while doing jet ski yoga— I will be happy to restring it for you.

+ Gold filled + sterling silver jewelry care

  • To prolong the life of your gold filled and sterling silver jewelry, do not expose to lotion, cosmetics, perfume, and be sure not to sleep, exercise, shower, swim or store in a high moisture area.

  • Gold filled and sterling silver can oxidize or tarnish over time. It's best to store in a plastic bag when not wearing. If tarnishing does occur, use a polishing cloth or mild soapy water to restore its natural luster. Sometimes polishing delicate chain is difficult; your local jeweler may be able to better restore its shine.

  • I use .925 silver made in the U.S.

  • 14k Gold-filled is a high quality alternative to solid gold. By law, it has 1/20th by weight layer of 14 karat gold permanently bonded over a core of base metal. I use top quality, sturdy 14/20 gold filled sourced from Italy or the U.S. It is hard-wearing and should last as long as solid 14k gold jewelry. It is safe for people with sensitive skin.

+ Plated jewelry care

  • To prolong the life of your plated jewelry, do not expose to lotion, cosmetics, perfume, and be sure not to sleep, exercise, shower, swim or store in a high moisture area.

  • Chemicals in cleaning products, jewelry cleansers, body sweat and high body PH levels can break down the plated layer. Once the plated layer is tarnished or rubbed off, the base metal will be exposed and the piece’s original luster cannot be restored.

  • Do not wash your plated items with anything stronger than warm soapy water.

  • From clasp to wire wrap, I use 14k gold-filled and sterling silver to secure all of my plated jewelry designs.

  • TierraCast makes high quality beads, charms and findings. All TierraCast jewelry components are made with a pewter alloy called Britannia that is lead, cadmium and nickel safe. All castings are electroplated using precious metals: fine silver, 22 karat gold, rhodium or copper. TierraCast can be lightly polished if tarnished.

  • I source my plated chain from a U.S. company that uses the highest quality hypoallergenic brass and the finest electroplating technology to achieve an anti-tarnish finish. It is lead, cadmium and nickel safe.

  • I hand apply an anti-tarnish coating to all other plated components.