Caring for your Jewelry

Our jewelry is designed and made in NYC by Cynthia Rybakoff. It is all hand finished and delicate in nature. Treat it with care, and you will extend its longevity. In general, we recommend you not swim, bathe, or shower in your jewelry and avoid unnecessary exposure to heat and moisture where possible. 

The following are tips for caring for your jewelry:


All of our electroplated metals are nickel free. We first apply a palladium undercoat to seal the brass or silver from the tarnish leaching through to the top layer. The next step is a layer of copper, followed by the gold or rhodium. A clear protective coating is applied last, to improve the durability of the finish. Electroplated metals are more vulnerable to damage from chemicals, including those in soaps, perfumes, and lotions, as well as natural acids in your skin. The coating may scratch from heavy wear and tear. Please note that everyones's skin and activities are different, and we cannot predict how quickly electroplating will wear off for you. To preserve electroplated jewelry, do not immerse in water with detergents or chemicals, spray perfume or products containing alcohol directly on the jewelry, or use jewelry cleaners, as they may strip the surface, and damage the finish. Remove electroplated rings before activities such as cooking, cleaning, gardening, exercising, showering, swimming or sleeping. To clean, wipe with a damp cloth. You can expect all electroplated jewelry to experience some wear and tear over time. Contact us about our re-plating services.


Gemstones and pearls are organic, delicate and vulnerable to breakage and chemicals, including those in soaps, perfumes and lotions. One should never use jewelry cleaners directly on the stone or pearl itself, as the chemicals and abrasives may damage the surface. Do not swim, bathe, or shower in gemstone or pearl jewelry.