- Try your best to spray perfume, hairspray and lotions before putting on jewelry. (These may contain harsh chemicals that can tarnish your jewelry overtime).
- Avoid wearing your jewelry in the ocean or swimming pools, as the salt water and chlorine can cause damage.
- Humidity is mean. Keep them dry. Store your goods individually in airtight plastic bags. Ziplocks do the trick!
Gold filled is an actual layer of gold pressure bonded to another metal. It is not to be confused with gold plating, as gold filled literally has 100% more gold than gold plating. Gold filled is much more valuable and tarnish resistant if taken care of properly. Please keep in mind, this does not mean it is tarnish proof especially if worn often and exposed to chemicals and oils. Because it is not 100% solid gold, it can tarnish over time with wear and tear.
CLEANING INSTRUCTIONS: 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 jewelry is to gently scrub it with a soft bristle toothbrush and mild shampoo or dish soap. Rinse well, pat dry and air dry. Make sure your jewelry is completely dry before storing.
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. Good news is, this can be cleaned easily. The best way to prevent this is wearing your silver jewelry often. The oils in your skin help prevent tarnishing. When storing your silver jewelry, use an airtight plastic bag like a Ziploc.
CLEANING INSTRUCTIONS: Mild soap and water usually does the trick. If you need to remove heavy tarnishing, our suggestion is white vinegar and baking soda. Use this gentle cleaner to remove heavy tarnish. Soak the tarnished piece in a solution of 1/2 cup white vinegar and 2 tbsp. baking soda (be prepared for the fizzing!) for up to two hours. Rinse well, pat dry and air dry. Make sure your jewelry is completely dry before storing.