In short: Crystallized fossils are crystal, which can shatter with enough impact. Mother of pearl does, too. Don’t drop them. Genuine mabe, blister and round pearls are sensitive to harsh chemicals including perfume and cleaning fluids. Gold gilding shouldn’t be rubbed, scratched or treated with cleaning fluids either. A fidgeter? Don’t rub your necklace, buy a spinner! Sterling silver is fairly sturdy, but as any precious metal malleable. Silver wire, as any metal, may break if bent enough times.
If you must clean your wearable art, use a soft brush (clean, soft cosmetic brushes are a good choice) to gently dust. For more thorough cleanup (Did you really spill coffee on the one-of-a-kind work of art? For shame!), you may use a very soft, slightly damp cloth. Don’t rub, gold leaf is delicate. Yes, it’s been protected by a layer of lacquer, but with enough effort, it can still be damaged. If your sterling tarnishes, use a a soft sterling polishing cloth, and rub *away* from the stone or pearl. You don’t want to get the black oxide onto your lovely gemstones.
Store your jewelry in the original box, a soft cloth or both when not used. A tab of anti-tarnish paper has been included with all sterling pieces, and it will need to be replaced about once a year. Anti-tarnish tabs are the best investment you can make to protect your precious jewelry, and you can find them on Amazon at very good price.
The best way to keep your AmmonArt jewelry long lasting and beautiful is to simply enjoy wearing it (except in the shower, at hair stylist or when kickboxing). Both pearls and sterling are nourished and polished by our skin’s natural oils, and gilding is in the areas away from excessive rubbing. Enjoy!