Jewelry Care & Materials:
All of our pieces are very dainty and delicate and should be handled with care. Please be gentle when handling all of our pieces to avoid any type of damage.
Gold filled is an actual layer of gold pressure bonded to another metal such as brass. It’s not to be confused with gold plating as filled literally has 100% more gold than gold plating. Gold filled is much more valuable and tarnish resistant if taken care properly. Most people who can wear gold can wear gold filled without worries of any allergic reaction to the jewelry. Solid gold is of course an exquisite piece of jewelry, but gold filled is an amazing (& affordable!), quality alternative. Avoid wearing in harsh or chemical waters.
To Clean: Although, 14 karat Gold Filled jewelry will not tarnish (if cared for properly), it will get dirty. The oils from your skin transfer to the metal and need to be washed off periodically. The easiest way to clean your handmade chain is to scrub it with an old soft toothbrush and shampoo or dish soap. Rinse well, pat dry, and air dry. Make sure your jewelry is completely dry before storing. You can also use jewelry cleaner solution for gold-filled jewelry.
Silver is a mixture of pure silver and some other metal, usually copper. The resulting alloy gives the silver strength. The standard is at least 92.5% silver. Hence the .925 stamps you see on some sterling silver items. Silver tarnishes naturally over time and quite quickly when it comes into contact with oxygen or sulfur. But this can be cleaned easily. Happily, the best measure to prevent this is wearing your silver jewelry often. The oils in your skin help prevent tarnish. (This varies depending on your own body chemistry.) When storing your silver jewelry, use an airtight plastic bag (like a Ziploc) and if you can, put in a piece of chalk or a silica gel (the little packets in new shoes) these will help prevent tarnish while you are not wearing your silver jewelry.
To Clean: If your silver is tarnished the best way to clean it is with a jewelry polishing cloth or a solution. There are also many viable home remedies for cleaning silver online. Just remember that silver is very soft so use something like a very soft baby toothbrush to avoid scratching. Be particularly careful of chlorine. Chlorine, especially at high temperatures, can permanently damage or discolor your silver jewelry. Avoid wearing silver jewelry while using chlorine bleach or while in a pool or hot tub. Tarnish is also accelerated in a humid environment. Oily salts from fingers can also tarnish silver.
Not to be confused with regular gold plating. Vermeil is a much thicker layer of gold, which gives the pieces their long lasting color. Vermeil is an overlay of gold over a base of sterling silver. Gold vermeil jewelry requires special care. Remember to store your gold vermeil jewelry in an airtight container when not in use—and to remove before applying perfumes, lotions, or before bathing. Chlorine, especially at high temperatures, can permanently damage or discolor your vermeil jewelry. Avoid wearing vermeil jewelry while using chlorine bleach or while in a pool or hot tub. Vermeil doesn’t like sweat or water. Before exercising or showering, remove your Vermeil jewelry.
To Clean: Buff VERY gently with a soft and dry 100% cotton cloth or a microfiber cloth. NEVER use chemical cleaners on gold vermeil jewelry – it can strip the gold finish. It is natural for gold vermeil jewelry to tarnish with time—it adds character to the item and makes it more unique. The time it takes for vermeil to start loosing its color depends on the individuals wear and skin chemistry.
We use an array of semi-precious stones. Gemstones are not fans of water or chemicals. Also, prolonged exposure to sunlight may cause certain gemstones to become paler.
To Clean: Simply wipe them down with a clean and moist cloth.
TIPS TO MAKE IT LAST
- Store your goodies individually in the airtight plastic baggie
- Avoid rough wear to slow down the natural process of “wear and tear”.
- Perfume, hairspray & other types of lotion may contain harsh chemicals that can tarnish your jewelry overtime.
- Humidity is the enemy; keep it dry!
- For extra care, gently wipe each piece of jewelry clean of any products and skin oils with a soft jewelry polishing cloth.
- Never use abrasive products to clean your jewelry. They can damage gold plating irreparably.
- Remove jewelry during tasks – When performing manual tasks, remove your jewelry to prevent physical damage or exposure to chemicals or cleaning fluids.
- Avoid wearing your jewelry in the ocean or swimming pools, as the salt water and chlorine can cause damage.