Items should never be left in extreme heat or cold. Be sure to never leave bracelets in direct sunlight (this cannot only damage the string, but the beads may be hot to the touch or may lose pigment). Please do not submerge your items in water. Please refrain from washing jewelry with water. A wipe down with a dry cloth should suffice. Paint on some beads may lose pigment or come off when coming into contact with any type of lotion, sunscreen, water, or oils. Wash skin that has had any of these applied in the past 24 hours.