Rocks, stones, and gemstone happen to love water. Soaking gemstones is not what is harmful to them. If you use strong chemicals and detergents while wearing it, it may weaken inlay jewelry over time. Mild soap and water daily are fine things to expose your inlay jewelry. You can leave your jewelry on while washing your hands. Because many people use detergents that contain unnatural and harmful ingredients, it is best to remove inlay jewelry before showering and swimming in a chlorine filled pool.
Treat your inlay as you would your skin. If you leave it in the sun, it is likely to change in color. Jewelry Inlay is made up of metal, stone, and epoxy. Epoxy acts as strong bond between the seems of stone. Epoxy once chemically activated becomes rock-hard and bonds the slices of rock together. Epoxy is also sensitive to extremely high heat. Do not expose your inlay jewelry to open flame or extended exposure to sunlight on a hot day. It will cause the inlay to become weakened over time.
All SEA PONY COUTURE jewelry is "conditioned" prior to being on the market. Conditioning with natural oils adds to the luster to the end product. Using oils and lotions will ultimately deepen the color of stones that are porous or on the softer side of the hardness scale. Stones such as Turquoise and Lapis are the most susceptible to darkening in color from being exposed to oils.
We are happy to offer resizing on any sterling silver inlay ring for a $25 fee. Drop a line through our contact page if you would like to request a complimentary ring sizer mailed to you.