So, you followed the gilded brick road to this point because you’re about to press that “Proceed to Checkout” button, OR, you just received your new Grotto piece, and you want to treat it with the love it deserves… You’re dedicated, we like that. 

Firstly, ALL pieces in the Grotto should be considered wearable art, and as such, they should always be worn with love and care. Keep reading for more information about how to take care of your piece according to its material. 

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CRYSTAL JEWELRY

Crystals, minerals, fossils and stones are natural gifts from our Mother Earth. While most crystals are extremely resilient, they are still no match for an accidental gravity induced trip to the concrete. The following tips in this section are for crystal jewelry across all mediums (sculpted, gold-filled, gold plated , sterling silver, etc.)

  • Try to keep your crystal jewelry from hitting any hard surfaces while you’re wearing them. Pay special attention to rings and longer necklaces
  • If you have a piece featuring a crystal cluster, it’s normal for dirt or dust to find a home in all the cracks and crevices. Simply grab a toothbrush and give it a couple swipes to clean  
  • If your piece features a crystal whose name ends in “-ite”, DO NOT let it get wet. These crystals have the potential to release harmful chemicals when exposed to water. If your “-ite” crystal accidentally comes into contact with water, don’t panic, just dry it thoroughly and immediately, and do not wear it again until it is dry. If you are unsure about whether or not your “-ite” crystal can be exposed to water, please refer to your search engine of choice.
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HANDSCULPTED PIECES

Most chunkier adornments are made with a type of heavy duty clay. While the clay is highly durable and should last a lifetime, if you’re not careful, some sculpted areas on your piece may chip. Hand sculpted pieces are also finished with a hard, clear sealant. This sealant protects the detailed hand-painted areas of your piece. 

  • Avoid hard surfaces when wearing sculpted jewelry
  • Remove  when showering, exercising, or swimming, to preserve hand-painted elements and clear sealant
  • Remove any dust or dirt that accumulates with soft cloth or toothbrush. Cloth or toothbrush may be dampened for deeper cleaning, but be sure to dry immediately after cleaning.

If your piece DOES happen to chip through some freak accident, don’t worry, we can repair it for a small fee.

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14K GOLD-FILLED JEWELRY

Right after solid gold, gold-filled jewelry is the next best gold metal. Gold-filled jewelry will never tarnish and the gold will never fade if you take proper care of them.

  • May be worn 24/7
  • May be worn while swimming, showering, or working out
  • Can be cleansed with mild soap and warm water, or, a non-abrasive polishing cloth
  • May also be cleansed with lemon juice and a toothbrush if it gets more dirty than a little bit
  • Avoid jewelry cleaning solutions with harsh chemicals
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18K GOLD PLATED JEWELRY

Gold plated jewelry contains a layer of real karat gold over another metal, such as brass, stainless steel, or sterling silver. Gold Plated jewelry in The Grotto is long lasting,  water safe, and tarnish free. 

  • May be worn while swimming, showering, or working out, but avoiding liquids will significantly prolong the life of plating
  • Can be cleansed with mild soap and a toothbrush, but be sure to dry thoroughly and immediately after cleansing
  • Avoid jewelry cleaning solutions that are not specifically designed for plated jewelry
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COPPER JEWELRY

Copper is a pure metal, and may be worn all day, everyday. Two types of copper jewelry may be found in The Grotto: solid copper and copper electroformed pieces. Solid copper pieces are made with solid copper wire or chain, and copper electroformed pieces are made with solid copper, and a fun plating process that involves electricity. 

  • copper will oxidize or tarnish with everyday wear, and exposure to water, but it can be easily cleaned through various methods.
  • Easiest cleansing method is a 10 minute lemon juice soak / salt scrub with a toothbrush
  • You can find other copper cleansing methods on your search engine of choice
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BRASS JEWELRY

Brass jewelry may also be worn 24/7, and care is very similar to that of copper jewelry. (Brass is a mixture of copper and tin)

  • It’s best to remove brass jewelry before any activities involving moisture, but it’s okay if you slip up and forget
  • brass will oxidize or tarnish with everyday wear, and exposure to water, but it can be easily cleaned through various methods.
  • Easiest cleansing method is a 10 minute lemon juice soak / salt scrub with a toothbrush
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