How to Care for Every Metal Type

Written by Adeline Hocine — May 01, 2018

When it comes to making the most of your jewels, ensuring that you're following proper care guidelines makes all the difference. Whether you have a preference for brass, silver, or gold jewelry, there's best practice for cleaning every metal type (without running the risk of damaging it in the process). Different types of gold even require their own set of care instructions, despite often looking identical to one another.

This can all seem overwhelming, so to simplify the process, we've created an easy-to-follow guide for caring for gold-plated and gold vermeil, solid gold, and brass and silver jewelry!

 

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GOLD VERMEIL & GOLD PLATED

Gold plated and vermeil jewelry is best suited for occasional wear. Over time, the gold plating will wear down, but with proper care, your piece should last a very long time. 

  • Avoid contact with water, lotions, oils, and other liquid-based substances.
  • Remove when washing hands, showering, exercising, sleeping, swimming, doing the dishes, etc.
  • To clean, gently buff with a clean dry cotton cloth. Do not use jewelry cleaner or solutions on plated jewelry! 
  • Store your plated and vermeil jewelry in its original packaging. 

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SOLID GOLD

Solid gold jewelry is meant to last a lifetime. This type of jewelry is best for pieces you want to wear 24/7 and keep forever. 

  • To clean, use soap and water or a jewelry cleaner solution with a soft bristle brush.
  • To buff out surface scratches, take to a local jeweler. 
  • Have the prongs tightened by a jeweler every 8-12 months to ensure your stones don't come loose. 

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BRASS & SILVER

Over time, brass and silver will naturally begin to tarnish. Using a polishing cloth can easily buff out any tarnishing and have your piece sparkling like new again. We recommend Sunshine brand polishing cloths.

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