Tribu's earrings are intended to be worn in piercings that have already been stretched to the appropriate size and properly healed. It is very important to keep piercings in a hygienic state at all times and clean them on a daily basis.
We recommend that anyone wishing to stretch their piercings consult a good quality, licensed piercer for advice and assistance.
Before inserting your new jewellery, make sure your hands and piercing are properly cleaned. Insertion of the jewellery should only be carried out after properly washing the area and the jewellery with a non-chemical soap and allowing it to air dry. To aid insertion of the jewellery, a little olive, jojoba or vitamin 'E' oil should be applied both to the jewellery and the piercing. The piercing and the jewellery should be allowed to air dry. In a small number of cases, hard woods such as rosewood and sandalwood may cause allergic reactions. Should any reaction occur we recommend you cease wearing them immediately. Natural materials and jewellery can sometimes be sensitive to changes in temperature and humidity, especially if they are composed of two or more materials. They should not be worn in steam baths or saunas. Some of the materials will naturally change colour over time, but that is part of the magic of dealing with natural materials!
How to Clean and Care for...
... Abalone Shell
Wipe your abalone jewellery with a damp cleaning
cloth after each time you wear it. Saturated the cleaning cloth with warm soapy
water to clean abalone jewellery only if it seems soiled. Like the surface of the abalone with the damp
cloth and then wipe the abalone stone again with a cloth saturated with water
only. Dry the jewellery well.
Do not get Bamboo jewellery wet as this may
result in damage to your piece. You can polish with tea tree oil or jojoba oil.
Brass is a metal alloy
made from a combination of zinc and copper. Originally a sparkling goldish
colour, brass has a tendency to tarnish with age. Tarnishing is caused by
oxidation from exposure to air. In order
to keep brass looking good, its necessary to clean off tarnish and polish your
brass objects as needed. Brass can be cleaned with a simple soap (washing up
liquid) solution. However, Tribu’s favourite is simply a cotton cloth and some
fresh lemon juice – this will restore its beautiful goldish tint. Wipe off the
juice remainders with a wet cloth.
Bone jewellery does not require much care. You
can clean your bone items simply by polishing it with a soft cloth. If it is
soiled, you can use a water and gentle soap solution and wipe it off with a
cloth. You can also rub in a small amount of tea-tree or jojoba oil to ensure a
long life. Bone will also naturally change colour of the time, so do not try to
bring it back to its original whitish colour if it now has obtained a yellowish
tint. This is part of the magic of natural materials. Never soak, as material will swell and dry out.
Simply wipe the coconut with soft wet cloth. Do
not use any water or chemicals to clean coconut as that will only dry it out
and make it crack. Use some mild coconut or other vegetable oil to prevent the
coconut from drying out. Coconut will darken over time. Never soak, as
material will swell and dry out.
To clean gold, simply place your gold items into
a bowl of mild soap and water and let it soak for about 15 minutes. If the item
has stones in it though, you might only want to soak for five minutes to
prevent stones from being ‘soaked’ out of their setting. Then gently scrub the piece with a soft toothbrush,
taking care to also get into the crevices, engravings and details of the peace.
Soap residue can cause gold to look dull and
dirty, so you want to make sure you rinse it completely clean. Dry the
jewellery by gently buffing it with a soft cloth. This prevents water spots
from forming on the surface of the gold and removes any stubborn leftover soap
Clean with mild soap and water. Dry immediately
and well. If horn has other inlaid material, do the same. If inlay is Silver,
polish with silver cloth. Once every few months, rub a bitt of jojoba oil into
item to maintain it in a good condition. Never soak, as material will swell
and dry out.
Keep your ivory jewellery away from moist places
like bathrooms. Dust your ivory jewellery with a soft, fine-tipped paintbrush.
If particularly soiled, dampen a soft, lint-free cloth with warm water and
gently wipe your ivory jewellery.
You can use flannel or a cloth that you would
clean your eyeglasses with. Do not use soap or any other household products.
Please note that Ivory will turn yellowish overtime.
Leather should not be treated with water at all.
If soiled, use a mild soap and a wet cloth to wipe off the dirt. Dry
immediately. Depending on the item, you can oil the leather with leather preservative
such as mink oil.
... Mother of Pearl
To clean a mother of pearl piece, dip a soft
cloth into some olive oil, gently rub the oil into the piece and finish by
polishing it with a piece of silk. Make sure the piece is completely dry before
returning it into storage. Do not use soap or water, it is not good to get
mother of pearl too wet and the contents of soap are likely to be too harsh for
mother of pearl and will degrade it.
Because opal is not a stone but rather a
combination of minerals, it is not nearly as hard and durable as a diamond or
sapphire. It's recommended that you clean Opal in a special way so you don't
scratch it. Prepare a lukewarm water and unscented soap
solution, and scrub the stone gently with a soft toothbrush. When you finish scrubbing, rinse the stone with
running water for a few seconds. Pat the opal with a tissue, microfiber
jewellery cloth or small piece of silk. This will help the opal dry quickly and
give it a shiny appearance.
Onyx is a material that needs to be cared for,
liquid can easily be soaked into the onyx therefore try and keep it dry and
clean. Light marks on an onyx item can be wiped up with a soft cloth that has
some rubbing alcohol on it. Avoid using large amounts of liquid and chemicals
as this might change the colour of the Onyx.
... Petrified Wood and
Petrified Wood and Ammonite have essentially the
same quality as rock. Hot water and a cloth should do the trick here. For
fingerprint stains a simple silver cloth can also help to bring back the shiny
Sterling Silver: Use a professional silver polishing cloth. Silver
polishing cloths are available at major supermarkets, at hardware stores and at
jewellery stories. Often, these clothes are impregnated with cleaner and have
anti tarnish properties and are excellent for bringing silver to a perfect
shine. Tribu does not recommend silver dips or liquid cleaners as our jewellery
incorporates natural shells, mother of pearl and other natural materials, which
can be easily damaged by these harsh chemicals. Alternatively, you can also
polish the silver using brown vinegar and a soft cloth.
Tribal Silver: Use a silver polishing cloth. Please note, the dark
oxidised features is part of the tribal silver look, so do not attempt to make
them shine like sterling silver.
... Shiva Eye Shell and
Use a 100% cotton cloth to wipe the shells free
from any dust or grime that may spoil their shine. Do not use any other
chemical products, as that will damage them.
Most stones are resistant to liquid and
can be cleaned with a simple water and soap solution and then dried off well
with a cloth.
To clean wooden pieces (including wooden plugs) all
you need is a soft damp cloth and some olive oil. Take the soft cloth like a
chamois cloth and make it damp. Then wipe off the wooden jewellery until the dirt
and dust is off the wood.
After you clean the wooden jewellery you need to
put oil on the wooden jewellery or it could crack from being too dried out.
Take some olive oil and put it on a small piece of soft cloth then rub than the
wood with the cloth soaked in the olive oil. Once the olive oil is in the wood you should shine the item with a soft
dry cloth. Please note that wood will darken in colour over time, especially
after oil treatments. Never soak, as material will swell and dry out.
To clean Zamac, use soft cloths such as cotton terry
or chamois and a mild soap and water solution. Never use paper towels,
paper-based wipes, cellulose or plastic sponges as well as fake chamois cloths
as they are highly abrasive and could mar the chrome finish.
Tribu will not be liable for any damage or injury caused by our jewellery.