Got Beads? Give them LOVE!

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Beads are like people, in some ways

At least when it comes to their care. As a rule, they’re happiest in a gentle environment, and they like to be protected from rough surfaces and harsh chemicals.

They also love it when they’re clean, and they thank you for it with radiant beauty!© by Love & Peace Project

Let’s make sure you can enjoy them for a long time!

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Care instruction for all pearl and bead jewelry

Simply clean with a baby wipe or mild sudsy water from dish soap, to get rid of dust and oil. Do not use any abrasive cleaners and never use in an ultrasonic jewelry bath, it will ruin pearls and some other beads too.

A word of caution: please use perfume or moisturizers with discretion. Pearls and beads may absorb cosmetics, like oils, lotions and fragrance, which can be difficult to remove. Even if there are no visible stains, the absorbed lotions and fragrance oils do get rancid over time, and your pearls or beads tend to hold on to that odor forever. Yikes!

After wearing, it’s best not to hang them up, since it will stretch the cord. Store them in a soft cloth or wrapped in a paper towel to ensure their beauty for a very long time.

All pearls and beads will need to be restrung after time, that’s just the nature of the beast. How soon or how frequently, depends on many factors. When in doubt, have them checked for soiled, brittle or loose string.


They look warm and fuzzy…

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Cultured and Freshwater Pearls

Ahh, the ever enticing magic!

Important here is to keep those genuine pearls separated from metal beads, even Karat gold. As pretty as it is, to have a gold or silver bead next to a pearl: don’t do it! A pearl’s surface is actually quite rough. The pearl will abrade the metal bead where it touches, and the metal will “stain” those areas of the pearl permanently. You can’t get rid of that dark stain.

This does not occur by casually wearing a piece of metal jewelry, like a chain, together with a strand of pearls. But it will happen on a string when those two materials are neighbors for life, where they touch each other very closely and rub against each other.

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Simulated Pearls are Fabulous!


Simulated Pearls

Why not? We LOVE them!

They are a wonderful alternative to genuine pearls, and they make for great travel jewelry. Wear them with joy, wear them often, but give them some extra love.

The coating on these man-made pearls can wear off more or less easily, depending on the manufacturing process. Fragrance may damage them, as well as make-up foundation. Don’t let anything scratch them – it can’t be fixed. Just be gentle, and you can reap the rewards of your mindful care for a long time to come!© by Love & Peace Project

Beads let you add color to your life

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All Other Beads

Most beaded jewelry is made to last. No reason to be nervous.

Use common sense:

  • do not immerse paper beads in water
  • keep pearls, opals and malachite out of your ultrasonic cleaner (it’s best to keep ALL beads away from it)
  • try not to get your leather cord wet (water won’t kill it, but still…)
  • store them away from high heat, especially delicate bead material
  • don’t drop your beads onto a hard surface
  • take them off before you shower or go swimming
  • above all: have them restrung when the string looks worn

Cleaning: again, baby or kitchen wipes work great. And as convenient as it is to hang your beaded necklaces in your armoire or closet: don’t do it. Lay them down, put them to bed, let them rest. It becomes them.


Shiny metal is always nice


Metal Parts

Unless you have Karat Gold, gold filled, Rhodium plated Sterling Silver, or specially treated metals, your jewelry WILL oxidize and turn black eventually. That’s how it is, and that’s why there is a distinct price difference between fine jewelry and costume jewelry. But you still can enjoy the much more affordable items, and wear them for a long time, if you take good care of them!

Most are simply cleaned the same way along with your pearls or beads.

When using abrasive cleaners or polishing cloth, gold and silver plating will wear away or even disappear, depending on the type and thickness of plating.

Most commercially available plating tends to be rather thin, so extra caution is advised.

Other than oxidation, metal parts most commonly are pretty tough. Doesn’t mean you should wear it while swimming or mud-wrestling. You know what we mean.


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“STRING ATTACK™” starter kits, bead strands and all other components by the Love & Peace Project are hand made with love in USA, using mostly imported parts from foreign countries, including Czech Republic, Japan, Germany, India, China, Italy and Austria.

We take great pride in each and every product, and we know that you will love the quality of our work. However, sometimes the best components don’t always perform as they should. Even manufacturers are humans. Should you have any reason not to be 100% satisfied with the functionality of your items, please talk to us first, so you get a prepaid shipping label. You may send it back and we’ll replace it or refund your purchasing price.

Allergy information: we select materials that are non-toxic and try to use recycled parts where possible. Some of these parts may contain trace elements of Cobalt and/or Nickel, as they may have been manufactured prior to stricter regulations. If you are sensitive to metal allergies, please do not wear jewelry for prolonged times, or keep metals from touching your skin directly.


Before we ship your items, we make sure that all parts are functioning properly. All of our merchandise is unworn, undamaged and in brand new condition.

But we understand that there may be other reasons for you to return or exchange your order. We will happily and cheerfully accept that. You just pay for shipping. Simply mail it within 30 days to the address below, and we’ll see to that your experience with us is a pleasant one.


STRING ATTACK™ by Love & Peace Project

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(561) 200 7383


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