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Care Instructions

KOKOPILLI jewels are set in Sterling Silver & 24k Gold Vermeil (24k Gold plated over Sterling Silver) and feature raw, natural, polished and untreated gemstones. I put much energy into choosing high quality beautiful materials from around the world & from mother nature. My crystals are hand chosen & millions of years old, each tells it's own story if you listen with your heart. As each jewel is unique and hand-made it may contain 'imperfections' but are not considered as such.
Please follow these care instructions with awareness to allow the jewels a long life:
1. PREVENTION
Always remove your jewellery before swimming, bathing, strenuous activity, exercising or using abrasive cleaners.
I source mostly natural gems & stones, which means they are not stabilised (heat treated and/or dyed) and they must be treated with care. Some natural minerals should not be immersed in water as it will change the colour/structure of the crystal, particularly Opals and those that are raw or porous. 
*Please note it is natural for some stones especially Turquoise to change it's colour over time (to more blue or more green or more vivid etc) as it tunes with your energy.
2.  MAINTENANCE
Sterling Silver is a precious metal and naturally develops a patina over time, so requires polishing if you wish to maintain the metal's luster. This aesthetic is often intentionally created and sought after, but if you wish to keep your pieces shiny then use a silver polishing cloth on all Sterling Silver pieces on a regular basis, making sure to avoid contact with the stone.
For general cleaning of your Sterling Silver jewellery we recommend using a mild soap, water and a soft bristled brush (such as a toothbrush), rinse clean and pat dry with a soft cloth.
Gold Vermeil jewellery will naturally patina over time and we recommend buffing it very gently with a soft, dry 100% cotton or microfibre cloth. NEVER use a silver polishing cloth or chemical cleaners on your Gold Vermeil jewellery as it can strip the Gold finish.
3. CARE
Avoid direct contact with beauty products such as perfume, hairspray, lotions, body oils and other cosmetics as well as any other chemicals while wearing jewellery. Be sure to apply any products to your skin well before putting on your jewellery. They can affect the luster of the jewellery and can erode the Gold Plating as well as affect the integrity of some stones.
4. LONGEVITY
When your jewellery is not in use, we recommend storing it in the pouch provided with your purchase (using an air tight plastic zip lock bag or container also prevents tarnishing). Avoid scratching of the jewels and tangling their chains. Please note- the chains are delicate and are not baby proof! If your chain gets pulled or caught on anything with enough force it may break- if this happens please contact us for a repair.
5. CLEANSING
Crystals channel, amplify & reflect energy and need to be cleansed periodically for purification. This can best be done by leaving them out under the moon or blowing smoke over them (sage or smudge sticks work very well).
Activate your crystals by setting an intention while holding or wearing them. They will then tune to your unique energies & work with you on your path.