How to Care for your Jewelry
Gold filled jewelry is a solid 14k layer of gold that is fused (pressure bonded) to a base metal. It will not chip or flake off. For this reason, you are purchasing a quality item that will last for years to come. Gold filled jewelry will not tarnish, but in order to maintain your piece, read the following tips on how to keep it beautiful and looking like new:
- Store you jewelry away from other metals
- Avoid exposure to water, sweat, and perfumes
- Remove jewelry during sweat sessions, showering, and before going to bed
- Harsh minerals/chemicals (shampoo, soap, lotions, self tanner, hairspray, makeup, pools, saunas, beaches, etc.) will ruin your items, so avoid exposure to those things
- Use a jewelry polishing cloth or a soft cloth, lens cloth, or microfiber cloth to gently clean your jewelry
Sterling silver jewelry is timeless and can last a lifetime. Over time, any sterling silver jewelry piece exposed to air will tarnish. This is because sterling silver is 92.5% silver and 7.5% other metals, primarily copper. It's the other metals that causes sterling silver to tarnish. The copper reacts to moisture and sulfur in the air, causing tarnishing reactions. Silver tarnishes faster in areas with high humidity and air pollution. Chemicals (hairspray, perfume, deodorant, body lotion, bleach, etc. can speed up the tarnishing process. Here are some tips to help prevent tarnishing:
- Same as gold filled jewelry
- Store in a zip lock bag, removing as much air as possible, in a cool, dark place, away from sources of sunlight. You can also put a small strip of anti tarnish paper in each bag with the jewelry.
- After taking jewelry off, clean it with a dry, soft cloth or polish cloth before putting it into a ziplock bag.
- If polish cloth doesn't remove all the tarnish, wash jewelry in warm water with a few drops of mild dish washing liquid.
- Thoroughly rinse jewelry and completely dry before storing.
Deep Cleaning Instructions:
In a bowl, mix warm water with a drop of dish soap. Dip the jewelry piece for a couple of minutes. Then, using a super soft toothbrush, brush jewelry, making sure to get inside the chain links. Rinse off in warm water, and lay out on a towel to completely dry before storing You could also use a mixture of water, a splash of vinegar, and baking soda and follow the same cleaning instructions.
Take care of your jewelry pieces and they will last a lifetime!