Jewellery Care and Maintenance
General Jewellery Care
Here you will find some basic information on how to care for your jewellery. If you need info on how to take care of your piercing click here.
The most important thing you should do when you receive jewellery from anywhere is to clean it. Your best bet is to use Antibacterial Soap and Water to thoroughly clean the jewellery. If you want to boil your jewellery **DO NOT BOIL ANY JEWELRY WITH ELECTRONIC COMPONENTS OR ACRYLIC BALLS** also anything with Jewel settings. Basically only boil jewellery that is entirely steel, you can boil some titanium items but this is not advised for items that are colour anodized. The Safest and Easiest way to clean your jewellery is with antibacterial soap.
Do not use alcohol or any chemicals to clean or sterilize the jewellery or components due to the possibility of discoloration or adverse reaction to the materials. For example: if you use alcohol to sanitize your acrylic balls, the balls will split in two or deform before your eyes.
For oral jewellery it is not uncommon for the jewellery to be affected. Like teeth or fabrics, body jewellery can be discolored or affected by ingested chemicals such as alcohol, mouthwash, cigarette smoke, chlorine, soaps, food and/or drinks. You should clean things like tongue bars when you brush your teeth it is easy to brush the top and bottom ball of the tongue bar at the same time.
Most body jewellery is designed to allow the removal of components (Barbells typically have three parts to them, 2 balls and a shaft) Be sure to check regularly to assure that all components of all products are securely tightened and in place so they cannot fall off (especially to avoid accidental ingestion of barbell components).
To protect your teeth from getting chipped or cracked, do not bite down on oral jewellery. Do not wear jewellery that has become loose or stripped. For all threaded products, whether metal, Lucite or acrylic, do not over-tighten due to the risk of thread stripping.
Silicone Care & Maintenance
Wash with soap & warm water prior to use, or autoclave jewellery. To insert the jewellery fold/squish it in half, and then in half again, slip into piercing and let go. It will resume it's shape (and will try to do so while you're trying to fold it, so the first few times may take a couple minutes) and look totally sweet. DO NOT chemiclave, soak in madacide or expose silicone to any other toxic chemical. The silicone may retain minute amounts of the toxin(s), which should be avoided. Initial irritation may develop from repeated squishing by all your friends. Even those who should know better (i.e.: piercers and shop kids) will squish your jewellery all day if you let them.
Organic Jewellery Care
Organic jewellery should never be left to soak in any liquid or autoclave, as this can crack, warp or split the jewellery.
Natural jewellery in general is to be worn at your own risk. Some people have much more sensitive bodies than others and may require inert metals such as stainless steel, niobium or titanium indefinitely. Most people are absolutely fine and have no reaction at all to natural jewellery. Many people actually find natural jewellery to fare better in their skin than metals. It all depends on your body, and you know it best. Just use common sense and listen to what it says. Please, do not use natural body jewellery in fresh piercings.
Buffalo Horn and Bone
Buffalo horn has grain, just like wood. With the exception of some styles, horn jewellery is fully buffed to smooth out the ends of the grain and provide it with some measure of protection from moisture. It is especially important to protect horn jewellery with inlays (mother of pearl plugs) or exposed areas (tri-blade plugs) from moisture, as this may cause swelling and could eventually result in the grain of the jewellery raising or cracking.
Buffalo bone is much more resiliant than horn simply due to the nature of the material. It is not as easily effected by moisture as horn, but nonetheless should not be constantly exposed to it. Both of these materials can be lightly washed with a mild soap and sparse water if needed, otherwise, they're perfectly fine with just a few drops of jojoba oil and a polishing with a soft cloth.
Wood Body Jewellery
Wood is a wonderfully comfortable jewellery material for stretched lobes, and is one of the only materials that significantly cuts down on smell. One should be rather careful about getting wood body jewelry wet, as its grain will swell when it absorbs moisture. The nice thing about wood is that this expansion is curable. When the wearable surface of your jewellery becomes rough, simply sand the jewellery lightly with a very high grit sandpaper (300+, the higher the better) and then polish to a shine with a soft cloth and a few drops of jojoba oil. Wood body jewellery best cleaned with a damp cloth and then dried and polished, or cleaned with a bit of jojoba oil (tea tree oil) - refrain from actually getting the jewellery wet.
Bamboo is actually a grass, not wood, but is cared for in much the same way. The outer layer of bamboo is a tough water resistant skin, so no sanding will ever be needed because there is no grain to raise up. Just wipe clean with a slightly damp cloth, and then polish to a shine with a soft cloth and a few drops of jojoba oil.
Stone, Obsidian, and Fossil Jewellery
Stone body jewellery definitely has the easiest care going for it. Simply clean your jewellery with mild soap and a bit of water, and then polish dry. Be careful about using extremely hot or very cold water, and refrain from submerging your pieces in water, oils, or anything else.
If you have any queries about caring for your items of body jewellery please feel free to contact us either via ebays Ask seller a question or via email here; email@example.com
Body Jewellery Care and Maintenance
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22 October 2008
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