Care Instructions

Metal Care

Special Care

Princesa Inca® guarantees exceptional quality in “Jewelry and Goldsmith Sculptural,” however, its pieces are very delicate and require special care to protect them, keeping them beautiful and intact in all their splendor. Therefore, the following care instructions must be taken into account: When you wash your hands, prevent soap deposits from getting into the cavities, tarnishing your piece. When carrying out household activities and transporting objects, we recommend removing jewelry so that they are not damaged by the use of corrosive and transfer products. When you carry out frequent or sports activities, they can cause marks, thus avoiding rubbing, bumps, contamination, and scratches. When you practice summer days at the beach, avoid exposing them to the sun. When situations occur that lead to intense thermal shocks (e.g., sauna), avoid placing them. When using cosmetics, the chemical ingredients in the products can damage the pieces, preferably placing the art piece at the end. When it contains "Precious and Semi-Precious Stones" they are so delicate that, to preserve all their splendor, avoid variations in high temperatures, shocks, scratches, cosmetics, etc., which can irreversibly damage the piece.

General Jewelry Cleaning

To keep your “Jewelry and Goldsmith Sculptural” dazzling, you should clean it as follows: Rub the jewelry delicately with a very soft brush with warm soapy water, then rinse carefully and dry with a fine cloth, so that your art piece recovers the shine without deteriorating. When it contains "Precious and Semiprecious Stones" it requires more careful attention and this cleaning method "must not be used", especially with some stones such as "Pearls", "Emeralds", etc. because it can be damaged, to clean use exclusively warm water and dry with a fine cloth.

Minerals Care

Precious and semi-precious stone

Precious and semi-precious stones will retain their majesty as long as you follow these tips: Protect from intense thermal shocks and prolonged exposure. Keep away from both cold and hot water. Avoid bumps, scratches, and the use of cosmetics. Store in a box with a fabric lining and separate from other jewelry. Clean carefully, with a fine dry cloth. To further preserve the splendor of each stone considered precious or semi-precious, care must be taken based on its mineralogical properties, which is why recommendations are given for each type.

Agate

  • The "Agate" is a stone that has a variety of colors, stripes, transparencies and some are iridescent. It is a microcrystalline variety of quartz and type of chalcedony. A sensitive stone, therefore, avoids the thermal changes, cosmetic products, detergents, and cigarette smoke that when penetrating the stone can alter its color. Clean with lukewarm water, rub gently with a soft brush and dry with a fine cloth.

Aquamarine

  • The "Aquamarine" is a stone that belongs to the group of pale greenish-blue cyclosilicates with an excellent vitreous luster that is reminiscent of seawater, highly prized for its hardness, allowing a great diversity of cuts. Avoid exposing it to thermal shocks since it is a stone susceptible to changes in temperature and chemical products. Clean with lukewarm water, rub gently and dry with a fine cloth

Amazonite

  • The “Amazonite” is a stone from the group of feldspars, turquoise green in color, with a white background or mixed alternate stripes, with a glassy or pearly luster and brittle toughness. Avoid exposure to thermal shocks, prolonged exposure to light, and contact with acidic or corrosive products. Clean with warm water, rub gently with a soft brush, and dry with a fine cloth.

Amethyst

  • The "Amethyst" is a highly prized beautiful stone, macrocrystalline from the quartz family, which usually has beautiful crystal geodes inside. It has different types of violet color, depending on the amount of iron it contains. Although it is resistant to acids, it is very susceptible to thermal shocks or extreme heat sources. Clean with lukewarm water, rub gently with a soft brush and dry with a fine cloth.

Angelita

  • The “Angelite” is a calcium sulfate mineral, a beautiful crystalline pale blue stone but they can also be bluish-white or white with some tiny red hematite inclusions. To preserve it avoid ultrasonic cleaners or vaporizers and the use of chemicals such as bleach or sulfuric acid and prolonged exposure to direct sunlight. Clean with lukewarm water, rub gently and dry with a fine cloth.

Aragonite

  • The "Aragonite" considered as if it were a precious stone. A mineral that can be found in the form of calcium carbonate crystal, stalactites, and in varieties of the skeleton of marine organisms such as the shell of almost all mollusks, coral skeleton, fossilized, among others. Avoid exposing to acidic products that can dull their shine and prolonged exposure to high temperatures. Clean with lukewarm water by gently rubbing with a soft brush and dry with a fine cloth.

Calcite

  • The “Calcite” is the mineral from the group of calcites formed by calcium carbonate. It has a great variety of colors, usually colorless or white when it is pure, it can also be red, pink, yellow, greenish, bluish, lavender, and others. It is transparent, its gloss varies from glassy to opaque, it can be easily scratched, sensitive to prolonged exposure to high temperatures and acidity. Clean with lukewarm water, rub gently with a soft brush and dry with a fine cloth.

Chalcedony

  • The “Chalcedony” is considered a variety of cryptocrystalline quartz, usually, its color ranges from blue to gray, white, brown, with wax and vitreous luster if polished. It is sensitive to light and the color can turn pale, to preserve it avoid exposing it to thermal shocks, too intense light, and the use of acids or corrosives. Clean with lukewarm water, rub gently with a soft brush and dry with a fine cloth.

Citrine

  • The “Citrine” is orange or yellow quartz of various shades due to the presence of hydrated iron oxide. It is generally clean, transparent, with a beautiful glow and very delicate. Despite its solidity, it is sensitive to thermal shocks, prolonged exposure to heat, and the use of acidic or corrosive products. Clean with lukewarm water, rub gently with a soft brush and dry with a fine cloth.

Coral

  • The "Coral" is considered as if it were a precious stone of animal origin found in the sea, formed by small marine invertebrates thousands of years old. Red coral is the most valuable, the redder the better, they vary from red to dark red, orange, pink, black, blue and white, each variety has a different translucency, it is usually vitreous and waxy. It is sensitive to prolonged exposure to high temperatures and acidity Clean with lukewarm water, rub gently with a soft brush and dry with a fine cloth.

Crisocola

  • The “Chrysocolla” is a stone that may be among the brightest shades of blue and deep green caused by its copper content. In its pure form, it is soft, it requires great care to maintain its polished appeal. Avoid ultrasonic cleaners or vaporizers, the use of chemicals such as bleach or sulfuric acid, and prolonged exposure to direct and excessive sunlight. Gently clean with warm water and dry with a fine cloth.

Diamond

  • It is a gemstone, the most prestigious, it has the highest shine and refraction of transparent natural stones, it is the hardest mineral, it only scratches with another "Diamond" and it can easily scratch any metal or stone that comes into contact with the. Despite its hardness, it is still a delicate stone, susceptible to breaking due to a bad blow. Clean with lukewarm water, rub gently and dry with a fine cloth.

Emerald

  • The "Emerald" is a variety of beryllium, a very beautiful, rare, and delicate stone, which despite its hardness can have fractures, is translucent, and has an incomparable deep green color. It requires special care or you can also follow some recommendations since it is a particular stone, sensitive to thermal shocks or extreme heat sources, and the use of abrasive material. Clean, use only lukewarm water and dry with a fine cloth.

Jasper

  • The “Jasper” is a variety of microcrystalline quartz, which has all the colors such as red, purple, gray, black, among others, sometimes combined, scratched, or veined and has a smooth surface. Avoid chemicals and prolonged exposure to heat, as it can permanently alter the color of the stone. Clean with lukewarm water, rub gently with a soft brush and dry with a fine cloth.

Spinel

  • The "Spinel" is found in octahedral crystals, has unique refraction, an intense vitreous luster, a high hardness index, and can be found in various beautiful pastel colors. Avoid ultrasonic cleaners or vaporizers, the use of chemicals, and prolonged exposure to direct and excessive sunlight. Clean with lukewarm water, rub gently with a soft brush and dry with a fine cloth.

Lepidolite

  • The “Lepidolite” is a lithium-rich mica mineral within the group of silicates, brittle, and with a glassy to a silky sheen. It is usually pink to purple color, occasionally light gray or yellow. It is sensitive to thermal changes, as well as cosmetic products, detergents that when penetrating the stone can alter its color. Clean with lukewarm water, rub gently with a soft brush and dry with a fine cloth.

Onice or Onyx

  • The “Onice” is a fibrous cryptocrystalline variety of quartz, of considerable hardness, fine grain texture, and glossy sheen. It is diverse in color and features colored bands that create brown, white, or black markings. It is sensitive to thermal changes, as well as cosmetic products, detergents, and cigarette smoke that, when penetrating the stone, can alter its color. Clean with lukewarm water, rub gently with a soft brush and dry with a fine cloth.

Opal

  • The "Opal" is unique and has tiny silicon dioxide spheres, showing the play of color of a rainbow, a fascinating effect of shades that change according to the angle of observation. Throughout its life, its weight may vary due to water loss because it is a normal phenomenon. Avoid bumps, scratches as it is easily scratched, chemicals that can dry the stone and alter its iridescence, intense thermal shocks, and dry heat as it would dehydrate it due to its water content. Clean with warm water and fine cloth.

Obsidian

  • The “Obsidian” is a generally black mineral but we also find it in a variety of colors such as browns, reds, and others, with rainbow iridescence, with a delicate and vitreous texture. In the case of black obsidian, this crystal rock occurs in the last phase of the volcanic eruption. Avoid contact with acidic products, thermal shocks, and prolonged exposure to high temperatures. Clean with lukewarm water, rub gently with a soft brush and dry with a fine cloth.

Peridot

  • The "Peridot" is a transparent, relatively hard mineral, precious green color that affects from light green to olive, and the intensity depends on the amount of iron present in the chemical structure, plus greener iron. Avoid exposing it because it is sensitive to sudden changes in temperature or extreme climates, as it could cause injury. Clean with lukewarm water, rub gently with a soft brush and dry with a fine cloth.

Pyrite

  • The "Pyrite" is a mineral found in all metallic sulfide deposits, composed of sulfur and iron. It is pale or light yellow brass, heavy, of remarkable hardness, and requires careful carving. Avoid exposing it to sudden changes in temperature and chemicals as it could injure you. The best and most traditional way to clean the "Pyrite" is to soak in salted water for 60 minutes, rub a little and dry with a fine cloth.

Quartz

  • The "Quartz" is very rich in diversity of colors, the basic composition of this mineral is given by the significant presence of silica. It is resistant to scratches, stains, and heat, but it should not be treated with excessive force, because it is not 100% scratch-proof or under severe and prolonged heat conditions as it can cause damage. Clean with warm water and neutral non-abrasive soap, rub gently with a soft brush and dry with a fine cloth.

Rhodonite

  • The "Rhodonite" is a beautiful mineral that belongs to silicates, pink, and deep red color with an often presence of black manganese oxide veins. It has rectangular and tabular prismatic crystal shapes ranging from opaque to translucent. Avoid exposing it to sudden changes in temperature and chemicals as it could injure you. Clean with lukewarm water, rub gently with a soft brush and dry with a fine cloth.

Ruby

  • The “Ruby” is the legendary mineral, harder after the diamond, its color is due to the iron and chromium metals associated with the corundum family, a precious bright red that varies from light reddish, dark, or brown if it contains more iron tresses will turn brown. Avoid exposing it to sudden changes in temperature and chemicals as it could injure you. Clean with lukewarm water, rub gently with a soft brush and dry with a fine cloth.

Sapphire

  • The "Sapphire" is a precious blue stone that has a composition of oxides of aluminum, iron, and titanium that is what provides the characteristic color. It has a hardness, durability, and a vitreous shine and in some cases silky. Avoid exposure to acidic products, sudden changes in temperature, and excess light to avoid color changes. Clean with lukewarm water, rub gently with a soft brush and dry with a fine cloth.

Serpentine

  • It is a beautiful stone that is generated by the alteration by some magnesium silicates, is usually characterized by a light or dark green color, and has a silky shine. Avoid exposing to thermal shocks, chemicals, and prolonged exposure to high temperatures due to its delicacy. Clean the "Serpentine" with lukewarm water, rub gently with a soft brush and dry with a fine cloth.

Soapstone

  • The “Soapstone” is formed from magnesium silicates or igneous rocks. Its color ranges from gray-white to green, considered the softest mineral, which can be easily scratched and cut. It has a pearly or silky shine and can withstand fire directly indefinitely. Avoid ultrasonic cleaners or vaporizers and the use of chemicals. Clean with lukewarm water, rub gently and dry with a fine cloth.

Sodalite

  • It is a very intense blue stone with some white spots, but it can also sometimes be found in almost transparent white, it is fragile and has a high sodium content. Avoid exposing the "Sodalite" to sudden changes in temperature or extreme climates and acidic or corrosive products as it could be injured. Clean with lukewarm water, rub gently with a soft brush and dry with a fine cloth.

Spondylus

  • The "Spondylus" is considered as if it were a precious stone. Sacred in the Pre-Columbian world, called the "Red Gold" of the Incas. It is a mollusk characterized by its beautiful seashells with thorns that highlight its hue, shells on the outer part of coral red, orange, yellow, or purple and on the inner part pearly white, which reproduce in warm waters. Avoid exposing to shocks, sudden changes in temperature or extreme climates and chemicals as this could cause injury. Clean with lukewarm water, rub gently with a soft brush and dry with a fine cloth.

Tanzanita

  • The “Tanzanite” is a beautiful transparent blue colored stone that belongs to the group of silicates, of various shades ranging from light blue, dark blue, gray to purple. It is a delicate stone, which can be carved in all shapes, it is sensitive to knocks, scratches, acidic or corrosive products, and sudden changes in temperature. Clean with lukewarm water, rub gently with a soft brush and dry with a fine cloth.

Topaz

  • The "Topaz" is a beautiful stone that has a wide variety of colors, a high refractive index, and impressive hardness that can crack when hit hard. Keep the "Topaz" away from chemical or corrosive products, sudden changes in temperature, and excess light to avoid color changes. Clean with lukewarm water, rub gently with a soft brush and dry with a fine cloth.

Tourmaline

  • The "Tourmaline" is a mineral of a variety of colors and multicolors, unsurpassed for its beauty, the color zoning inside the crystals makes it present more combinations than any mineral. Keep away from chemicals, sudden changes in temperature, and light to avoid color changes. Clean with lukewarm water, rub gently with a soft brush and dry with a fine cloth.

Storage

The “Jewelry and Goldsmith Sculptural” can be struck or scratched. Therefore, it is recommended to store individually in its original case. We advise you to transport your jewelry horizontally and separated from each other, so you can avoid possible damage and they will always be ready to be used.