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 a 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!
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, cleaning, 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 an airtight plastic baggie to keep moisture out.
Solid gold jewelry is meant to last a lifetime. This type of jewelry is meant to be worn daily and kept forever. (IE Engagement, and heirloom.)
-To clean use soap and water or a jewelry cleaning solution with a soft bristle brush. (Certain stones like opal and moonstone should avoid prolonged exposure to water, and exposure to chemical cleaning solutions.)
-Take to a local jeweler for polishing, to buff out surface scratches, and have the stones tightened. Prongs should be professionally tightened once per year.
BRASS & SILVER
While fine for daily wear, it should be noted that over time, brass and silver will naturally begin to tarnish and lost their polished luster.
-To clean use a polishing cloth to buff out any tarnishing and have your piece sparkling like new. We recommend Sunshine brand polishing cloths.