Jewelry Care

How do I store my sacred jewelry?

Sacred Beads should not be kept too long inside a pouch or dark cupboard and require to mingle in the elements, especially indirect sunlight and flow of air will make your mala stay vibrant. As sacred beads are made of natural seeds and wood, they can turn moldy or attract bugs if they are kept inside a bag too long and not worn or used. This is especially the case in places with high humidity. Silica gel packs can help but it is by far best to use and wear your sacred beads often and keep them on your altar draped over your favorite idol like a Ganesh statue or whatever holy items grace your sacred space at home. When you travel, it is best to store your jewelry in a soft pouch.

Does your jewelry contain nickel?

Nickel is a trace metal found in precious metals such as silver or gold and classified as an allergen. We do not add nickel to the metals in our jewelry however trace amounts can sometimes can be found in some of the metals. The great majority of people will not have a reaction, only very few, highly sensitive people may react allergically. Please contact us if you have an allergic reaction to the metals.

How do I protect my sacred jewelry and clean the metal components?

  • Avoid wearing your sacred jewelry when you have freshly sprayed perfume, applied cream or other liquids to your skin as this can create a chemical reaction and tarnish the precious metals and darken your sacred beads. We use an anti-tarnish solution on silver but silver is a very fickle metal and can easily tarnish when it comes in contact with the above mentioned products.

  • Avoid placing your jewelry in a spot where direct, intense sunlight hits it over an extended period of time as it can cause discoloration of the metals and gemstones.

  • For silver jewelry, you can use a Sterling Silver cleaner and polish the metal with a soft polishing cloth. Try to avoid the cleaner getting onto the sacred beads, if possible.

  • Do not use a chemical cleaner or abrasive cloth on 22k gold vermeil as it may remove the gold plating.

  • Do not use tissue paper or paper towel to clean precious metal as it can cause scratches on the surface

  • Brass can be cleaned with a brass cleaner and soft cloth

  • 14k, 18k and 22k gold jewelry should be cleaned frequently to keep it shiny. All you need is a bowl of warm water, dish soap and a soft toothbrush and a soft, lint-free polishing cloth to dry and buff the gold. Soak the jewelry for 15 minutes in the soapy, lukewarm water, then brush the gold gently with the toothbrush, then rinse it under cool water and let it dry and buff with the cloth.

  • ​​Do not soak natural emeralds, pearls, opals, coral, lotus seeds, tulsi and sandalwood in water. Emeralds, pearls and opals are delicate and soaking can cause permanent damage, while coral and most sacred beads are made of wood and therefore are soft and absorbent, so water and any chemicals can cause permanent discoloration or damage.

  • Even though people think that pearls love water, once harvested they should not be exposed to water and only cleaned with a soft cloth. Do not keep them in an airtight container, pearls need to “breathe”.

How do I cleanse and take care of my sacred beads?

Many people believe it is required to cleanse sacred beads as this is a new age practice done with crystals, yet this is usually not required with sacred beads. Sacred beads are natural seeds and woods with spiritual properties and it is important to know their unique characteristics so you can take proper care of them so they can build their power and beauty over time. The longer you wear them, the more you will love them and grow very attached.

We share all the details about the spiritual properties and best care for following sacred beads in our Shivaloka Academy, which you gain complimentary access to when you purchase SHIVALOKA :

  1. Lotus Seeds
  2. Rudraksha
  3. Tulsi Beads
  4. Sandalwood

Lotus Seed beads especially require good care and we give you all the tips and information you need to make sure your Lotus Seed mala remains highly energetic and with luster.



My mala fell on the ground. What do I do?

All our sacred jewelry and mala beads have been activated and blessed, and therefore hold shakti (spiritual power) which is the transformational, intention-manifesting, healing ingredient of our jewelry. We advise all our customers to be very diligent in taking care of their sacred power objects by not letting them touch the ground as the gravitational force of the Earth is so powerful it will “suck” the high divine energy, the shakti, of your SHIVALOKA items. It can happen that your sacred power object touches the ground accidentally. In this case, you need to first test the object to see if it has discharged, and then if you feel it is required there are two options: 1. We can recharge the shakti in your sacred jewelry if you wish to send it to us, or 2. You can do a reactivation meditation practice with your beads to rekindle the shakti. We share all details on this practice is the Shivaloka Academy that you can gain access to with the purchase of your SHIVALOKA sacred jewelry.

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