- Wear it often, as your skin’s natural oils will help keep shiny.
- Remove during household chores as household cleaners can accelerate corrosion and tarnish.
- Put your jewelry on last, as lotions, makeups, hair spray and perfumes will accelerate tarnishing.
- Soap and warm water. This is our most recommended method. Soak pieces for no more than a minute in the water. Scrub gently with a soft toothbrush. Always pat dry with a clean cloth.
- Make a paste from baking soda and water, apply a small amount onto a cloth or tooth brush and scrub gently.
- For removing heavy tarnish, soak your sterling silver in ½ cup of white vinegar and 2 tbsp. of baking soda for two to three hours. Rinse jewelry and pat dry.
- Polish with a polishing cloth that’s specifically for sterling silver.
Gold Filled/24K Gold Plated
Gold filled is high quality material and strikes a good balance of quality and value. It is the closest to solid gold without the price tag. It is an actual layer of gold, pressure bonded to a base metal (such as brass). Gold filled is not to be confused with gold plating. Gold filled is much more valuable and tarnish resistant. It does not flake off, rub off or turn colors. Our Gold-filled items are 14kt gold-filled.
For our 24K gold plated brass pieces, we have taken the time and effort to electroplate fine 24K gold to our brass pieces. This extra step in our process ensures that you will not need to worry about tarnish of your piece under normal conditions, however caring for the jewelry as described below will insure maximum life of your piece.
- Excessive touching can lead to surface friction.
- Store each piece separately, as constant rubbing against other pieces of jewelry can make it lose its sheen.
- To extend the life of your piece, do not bathe or swim in your piece and clean ever so often, especially if you wear daily.
- Use warm water and a mild soap-based detergent. Soak pieces for no more than a minute in the water. Scrub gently with a soft toothbrush. Never use tissue or any other paper-based material to clean the pieces. Always pat dry with a clean cloth.
- Air dry the piece overnight before you store. Excessive moisture when stored can lead to corrosion and tarnish.
- Polish with a jewelry polishing cloth to bring back the sparkle.
Brass is an alloy of zinc and copper and will naturally tarnish when exposed to oxygen. We personally like the patina of tarnished brass and the tarnish is actually a protective layer for the brass, but if you want to get the shine of the new brass it’s pretty easy to do with some typical household products. Oils from your skin and the oxygen in the air are what accelerate tarnishing. If you want to slow the tarnish process, wipe the piece with a soft cloth after wearing and store in a plastic bag and in your Gilded Stone pouch.
- We place a protective coating on our brass pieces to slow down the tarnishing process, so you can simply wash your brass jewelry in warm water and a mild liquid soap. Use a soft cloth or brush to gently rub away any dirt on the jewelry. Once the pieces appear bright and clean, rinse the soap off and dry thoroughly.
- If the piece is a bit more tarnished, make a paste with 2 tbsp. of baking soda and drops of lemon juice and scrub with an old toothbrush. Let it sit in the paste for about 30 minutes and then rinse with water and dry thoroughly with a cloth.
- For heavy tarnish, place the piece in vinegar and let it soak for approx. 30 mins and then scrub with an old toothbrush. Once clean, rinse it with water and dry thoroughly with a cloth. This cleaning method is more aggressive and may leave the piece more “raw” looking – it won’t have as warm of color until the patina rebuilds.
- Handle with Care- When putting on jewelry with semi-precious stones, never place pressure directly on the stones themselves.
- Wear Responsibly-Put on your jewelry last, after your clothing, hair, and makeup. This will ensure it stays out of range of hairspray, makeup, and other chemicals that might affect the semi-precious stones and metals. Your clothes also won’t accidentally hook and pull on any clasps or fittings.
- Always remember to remove your jewelry before doing strenuous activity and household cleaning. This ensures accidental impacts are kept to a minimum and pieces stay chemical free.
- Clean Smart-Jewelry lasts the best when cleaned regularly. It stops the buildup of potentially harmful chemicals and keeps the stones clear of elements that may scratch or cloud them. Use a soft brush to gently clean and buff.
- Jewelry should only be polished with a soft, lint-free cloth or chamois. Even tissue is liable to leave hairline scratches on the metal and stones which will dull even the hardest of gems over time.
- Store Safely- The worst thing you can do for your semi-precious stones is to toss them into a drawer or into a dish on your dresser. To ensure your jewelry remains scratch and impact free it should be stored separately.
- Strong sunlight can wreak havoc on certain gems, and radical temperature changes avoided as a change from cold to hot can make metals and some stones brittle and more liable to crack or break.