CLEANING AND CARE INSTRUCTIONS
14k Gold Filled
Gold-filled products are a great, quality alternative to the much more expensive solid karat gold. It's high in quality and with proper care and storage, you will have affordable jewelry that lasts. It’s the economical way to enjoy the luster of gold without the big price tag. Gold filled is 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. Gold filled is much more valuable and tarnish resistant. It does not flake off, rub off or turn colors. As a matter of fact, anyone who can wear gold can wear gold filled without worries of any allergic reaction to the jewelry. Gold filled jewelry is an economical alternative to solid gold!!
We recommend minimizing exposure to moisture and chemicals such as perfumes, salt water and chlorine in swimming pools as they take their toll on fine jewelry.Try not to wear the piece anytime you will be exposed to moisture such as swimming, showering, exercising, cleaning with liquids, etc. Overtime, this may cause the gold or silver to tarnish. Usually this can be remedied by cleaning the piece gently with a mild dish soap and water or a jewelry cleaning solution meant for the specific metal type you have purchased (sterling silver jewelry cleaning solution or gold jewelry cleaning solution) to remove oil build up, then dry it thoroughly with a clean soft cloth. If the piece contains precious gemstones (such as sapphires or rubies) or pearls, do not completely submerge in water or cleaning solution, instead gently wipe clean with a damp, soft cloth.
Important: Do not expose 14k gold fill jewelry to chlorine (commonly in pools, hot tubs, etc). The chlorine will cause a chemical reaction that will discolor and begin deterioration of the piece. Avoid harsh chemicals and cleaning solutions.
Sterling silver is an alloy of silver containing 92.5% pure silver and 7.5% other metals, usually copper. The is thing to understand is sterling silver tarnishes typically by things that we do or not do and/or wear. Perfume, colognes, lotions, sweaty skin and hair products can all be contributing factors to tarnishing your shiny jewelry. When the jewelry is removed and the residue isn’t wiped off, the chemicals will contribute to the tarnishing process. Harsh chemicals from dishwater detergents, chlorine and the like will tarnish sterling silver. If sterling silver is exposed to the air and left unprotected when not being worn, tarnish becomes inevitable.
A few easy steps will ensure your sterling to be as brilliant as the day it was purchased. Before you put any jewelry on, be sure any lotions and/or perfumes are absorbed into your skin. Apply all hair products, especially hair spray, before you put on the jewelry. Remove your jewelry before swimming, an invigorating workout or prior to bedtime. When you remove your jewelry at the end of your day, take a couple of minutes to wipe it off with a jewelry cloth or an old t-shirt. The jewelry cloth is preferable because it’s two sided: The inside rouge is for cleaning off the dull residue and the outside cloth is for buffing. Never use tissues or paper towels for cleaning silver. These products will scratch the jewelry, which will detract from the beauty of the pieces.
After the jewelry is wiped clean, store it in an airtight container, such as a zip lock baggie, a cloth bag and/ or an airtight jewelry box. Please be aware that many display units and boxes may contain sulfur, which interacts and tarnishes sterling silver. The less air and light your silver is exposed to when you aren’t wearing it, the less tarnish will occur, making it easy to have shiny jewelry each and every time you’re ready to wear it. Taking the time to keep your jewelry clean after wearing it and storing it away from light and air is all that’s needed to cut down on tarnish sign.
Tips to make it last longer
• Keep it dry, apply makeup and hairspray before putting on your jewelry.
•After each wearing, gently wipe each piece of jewelry clean of make up and skin oils with a 100% cotton cloth.
• Never keep your jewelry in the bathroom.
• Frequent cleaning is recommended to maintain its true beauty.