Calling out all minimalists ♡
We all love gold filled jewelry not only for the price but also the class and beauty… YES (I repeat) without breaking bank! It has that nice, glossy and it is affordable. Celebrity stylists and popular fashionistas all style with gold-filled jewelry.
Just because I said its affordable doesn’t mean it comes cheap and that’s why we have to take care of it – makes sure it lasts and retains its sparkle. A lot of people are not aware that gold filled pieces can last for a long time but like everything in life it is dependent on several factors; environmental and lifestyle.
We are going to break down what you can do to keep your “precious”.
I bet you are asking right now;
WHAT CAUSES TARNISH
Unfortunately main of the things that cause tarnish are so common and form part of our everyday lives they are almost unavoidable – almost is putting it lightly.
1. Chlorine in pools and hot tubs – To understand how bad chlorine is we would have to get into a mini science lesson about the composition of the Element. It will be easier to go through what chlorine uses to see why its so bad; Large amounts of chlorine are used in many industrial processes, such as in the production of paper products, plastics, dyes, textiles, medicines, antiseptics, insecticides, solvents and paints.
The devastating effect of chlorine on gold filled jewelry which is not pure (24K gold) – it will turn it black, due to a chemical reaction between the chlorine and various alloys which are mixed with gold to make it more durable.
2. Body Synthetic – This will obviously be different from person to person because of our different hormones obviously. While it might be an issue for one person, it might not really make a difference for another. This is a hard one to understand because there really is no way to know if it will affect you until it does, but for the most part, this is really only an issue with less than 10% of people whereby gold filled reacts with your skin.
3. Hair products, lotions, sunscreen, etc: This can vary from product to product, but the less mild a product is, the harsher it will be to your jewelry. A simple rule to always follow; put on your jewelry after you’ve applied and dried any products such as lotions, perfumes, makeup, etc. and if you are sunbathing with sunscreen on, it’s best to simply remove your jewelry for the duration of your activity.
4. Sweat – Consists of water, minerals, lactate, and urea. Consistent exposure to all these chemicals in your sweat can really be rough on your jewelry. So remember to remove your jewelry before a work out.
I have personally had my jewelry discolor almost instantly from going into ocean beach. So yeah..didn’t think too much about it and lost out big time! Don’t be like me.
GENERAL CARE FOR JEWELRY
Cleaning your jewelry regularly will help keep it looking new. Opt to not use any abrasive brushes as this will cause scratches on the metal and some gemstones. Protect your jewelry by keeping them in individual Ziploc bags and store them in a jewelry box. This will prevent scratches and oxidation.
For daily maintenance, to keep your piece in the best shape, you would simply include wiping the piece down with a soft cloth after each use. That’s if you know that it has been exposed to a bit more that day than normal (ex: skincare/hair products, sweat, chlorine, etc). Also, makes sure you take your jewelry off before you sleep will also help it lasts a lot longer.
CARING FOR GOLD FILLED JEWELRY
What is Gold Filled you ask? It means an actual layer of gold-pressure bonded to another metal. Gold filled is not to be confused with gold plating as filled literally has 100% more gold than gold plating. Therefore, making Gold filled much more valuable and tarnish resistant.
To clean gold filled jewelry, buff gently with a soft and dry 100% cotton cloth or a microfiber cloth. Never use chemical cleaners on 18k gold jewelry–it can strip the gold finish.
CARING FOR STERLING SILVER JEWELRY
Sterling silver, like other precious metal alloys, can oxidize with time. By properly maintaining silver jewelry it will improve with age and develop an attractive patina. Treat your silver well, care for it properly and it will reward you with a long life and a sheen look.
Clean your silver jewelry with a mild soap and water solution, allowing the water to bead up, and then patting dry with a soft cloth. For more stubborn dirt, use a cleaner designed for silver use.
We strongly recommend that you store your jewelry in the special pouch and jewelry box. You can also store your jewelry in any air-tight container or bag. Proper storage helps to prevent scratching of stones and metal. It is best to keep jewelry away from extreme heat or moisture. Be careful not to place heavy objects on top of your jewelry during storage and to be gentle when putting on or removing your jewelry.