JEWELRY CARE & INFORMATION

OUR TIPS FOR DAILY WEAR:

Zoë Chicco jewelry is handcrafted and therefore delicate by nature.  Please handle each piece with extra care to ensure it lasts a lifetime.  Below are tips and instructions on how to keep your jewelry in tip top condition.

• Avoid wearing your jewelry while exercising or doing vigorous physical activities. Gold is a soft metal, which means it is susceptible to scratches and dings.  You also should avoid wearing your jewelry while using any harsh chemicals as they can wear at the shine and luster of your piece.

• Do not wear your jewelry into a pool or spa. Chlorine is very damaging to gold jewelry and can lead to your jewelry breaking with repeated exposure. Also, wearing jewelry while you shower/bathe can lead to buildup of soap which leaves a film on your stones and gold.

• Put jewelry on last.  Makeup, perfume, hair products, and lotions can damage your gold. It is best to put these on before your jewelry to limit exposure.

• Do not sleep in your jewelry.  If you toss and turn, wearing your jewelry to bed may put unnecessary pressure on your pieces and cause damage over time.

• Store your pieces in a clean, dry, fabric-lined jewelry box, or keep it safe in the box/pouch your item arrives in. It is best to store items separately or in a designated area to keep them from scratching or tangling.

• For those with nickel allergies - Our white gold is alloyed with nickel for coloring purposes, so it's best to avoid if you are allergic. Our yellow and rose gold do not contain nickel.

       

      JEWELRY CARE

      Our collections consist of 14-karat recycled gold and can be cleaned with a polishing cloth or warm, soapy water and a soft toothbrush. We highly recommend our foaming jewelry cleaner, because it's gentle and safe to use on delicate gemstones. 

      Most of the stones we use are natural gemstones and therefore may vary in shape, size, & color. Inclusions can be seen in natural stones and are a part of their beauty. Most gemstones cannot stand the force of cleaning agents or ultrasonic cleaners. 

      White Diamonds

      Diamonds can be cleaned safely with a lint-free cloth, soap & water, jewelry cleaning solutions, and/or ultrasonic cleaners.  Harsher cleaning methods are not recommended for home use.

      Black Diamonds

      Black diamonds are natural diamonds that have been treated to give them their black color.  Due to this treatment, they are sensitive to heat, chlorine, and other household chemicals. Do not subject them to high temperatures or clean them with an ultrasonic cleaner. 

      Pearls

      Pearls are organic gemstones that can be rather fragile. It is best to follow the old adage “pearls should be the last thing you put on and the first thing you take off”.  They are highly sensitive to chemicals and moisture, so we suggest avoiding any contact with lotions, perfume, cosmetics and hair products. Be sure to wipe pearls with a soft cloth after every use. Removing any chemicals, dirt or perspiration will help preserve their luster. Store your pearls separate from other jewelry to avoid scratches on the surface, and do not store pearls in a plastic bag as some plastics emit a chemical over time that may cause deterioration.

      Other Gemstones (opal, turquoise, ruby, emerald, sapphire, etc.)

      Keep gemstones away from high heat, chemicals, oils, perfumes, and household cleaners. Clean your gemstones using warm, sudsy water, and dry them immediately with a soft cloth. Avoid using commercial jewelry cleansers, steam, or ultrasonic cleaners.

      Herringbone Chain

      The delicate nature of our herringbone chain requires special care to ensure it stays beautiful for many years to come.

      • Do not wear your chain to sleep, shower, or exercise. This chain can easily kink, and these types of activities will add undue stress to the chain which can lead to bent links.
      • Do not hang additional charms or pendants from the chain. This can add too much weight to the center of the chain and cause misshapen links.
      • Store your chain in a large flat jewelry box, and keep it flat in its natural shape. (Each one of our herringbone pieces comes in one of these special collar boxes.)

      Earring Posts

      Our earring posts are made of 14 karat gold, but exposure to external chemicals, such as makeup, perfume, hair products, and lotions, for long periods of time can damage gold.  This also includes the body's natural oils.  We recommend periodically polishing or cleaning them after long periods of wear.  Discoloration on your earring posts does not mean your earrings are defective, and you can continue to wear them safely without worry about further damage.