Please note: Because handcrafted items require specific care, Nicole Hanna Jewelry creations are not recommended for children under the age of 13.
General Maintenance: Do not shower, sleep, expose your creations to harsh chemicals such as those found in hot tubs or swimming pools, or exercise while wearing your Nicole Hanna Jewelry creations. Do not wear your jewelry while applying hairspray, lotions or other skincare products. Do not clean your creations with an ultrasonic jewelry cleaner or abrasive fabrics. Avoid intense and/or prolonged exposure to direct sunlight. Some stones are sensitive to the sun and colors may become muted if exposed for a great length of time.
For Sterling, Fine or Argentium Silver or Gold and Gold-Fill only, rub a dime-sized drop of Dawn dish-washing detergent across the surface, rinse beneath lukewarm water, then pat gently with a clean, dry and soft cloth. For natural copper, brass, stainless steel and bronze creations, rinse for 30 seconds in 2-3 tbsp of Worcestershire Sauce, rinse beneath lukewarm water, then pat gently with a clean, dry and soft cloth. Allow to dry completely before storage (preferably in a zip-lock or air-tight container).
Seed bead embroidered jewelry should be laid flat or hung when not worn, especially pieces with beaded or decorative trim. Beaded work should be handled with extra care, and cannot be cleaned.
A Note on Natural Metals & Oxidization: Most Nicole Hanna Jewelry copper, bronze and brass creations are constructed from raw materials (unless otherwise specified). Copper, bronze and brass will age or patina with wear and use, and is not treated to prevent this natural oxidizing process. To avoid patina, scrub your natural copper, brass and bronze creations lightly with a fine steel wool pad (inexpensive and available at any hardware store), once a month or as needed, dependent upon the amount of wear the piece experiences. Rinse beneath lukewarm water, then pat gently with a clean, dry and soft cloth. Stainless steel creations will never tarnish!
Note on Colored, Anti-Tarnish Copper: Colored copper creations are coated with a tarnish-resistant layer, should not tarnish and cannot be cleaned, except with a water rinse and gentle pat with a non-abrasive dry cloth.