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JEWEL CARE

Remember this rule and your jewels will last for many years! Last on, First off!

925 STERLING SILVER JEWELRY CARE

  • Our silver is all .925 sterling silver. Sterling silver jewelry that is worn daily often develops a lovely patina, a kind of glow combined with darkened areas. If you like the look, leave it alone. If you prefer a bright and shiny look for your sterling silver, use a soft cloth to restore the jewelry to its original appearance.
  • Substances like oils, perfume, mosquito repellent, nail polish remover, chlorine, salt water etc. may react with the metals and will cause it to tarnish easily. Sweat will also cause tarnish and irritation, so don’t forget to remove your silver jewelry when you exercise.
  • Do not spray on perfume or other sprays while wearing your gold vermeil jewelry. Wear your jewelry after you have sprayed on your perfume so that chemicals in the perfume do not interact with your jewelry’s metal.
  • Wait until your lotion or cream is dry or has been absorbed by your skin before you wear your jewelry.
  • To polish your jewels, use any soft, non abrasive cloth. Use this cloth on its own without any commercial silver polish.  Do not use paper towels or tissues to polish your jewelry as they contain fibers that can scratch the silver.
  • Silver is soft and can become scratched easily. When polishing, use long back-and-forth motions that mirror the grain of the silver. Do not rub in circles, as this will magnify any tiny scratches. Use a different section of your cloth frequently to avoid placing tarnish back on the silver. You can use a Q-tip ear bud to get into small, detailed areas.
  • If your silver has been neglected and is heavily tarnished, you may want to try the following homemade treatment
  • White vinegar and baking soda: Use this gentle cleaner to remove heavy tarnish that’s preventing you from polishing your silver. Soak the tarnished piece in a solution of 1/2 cup white vinegar and 2 tbsp. baking soda (be prepared for the fizzing!) for two to three hours, then rinse and dry. Do not soak gemstones.
  • In high humidity tropical regions, your jewels are best stored in an air tight container.

18K GOLD VERMEIL JEWELRY CARE

  • Our Gold Vermeil is similar to plating. It is a heavy layer of real 18k gold over a .925 sterling silver base.
  • Unlike sterling silver, gold vermeil should only be worn as occasional jewelry as the gold layer will eventually fade with wear. For example styles such as rings or bracelets which rub against skin regularly will fade faster than a pair of earrings.
  • Care for your gold vermeil jewels in a similar way to sterling silver. 
  • Substances like oils, perfume, mosquito repellent, nail polish remover, chlorine, salt water etc. may react with the metals and will cause it to tarnish easily. Sweat will also cause tarnish and irritation, so don’t forget to remove your jewelry when you exercise.
  • Do not spray on perfume or other sprays while wearing your gold plated jewelry. Wear your jewelry after you have sprayed on your perfume so that chemicals in the perfume do not interact with your jewelry’s metal.
  • Wait until your lotion or cream is dry or has been absorbed by your skin before you wear your jewelry.
  • To polish your jewels, use any soft, nonabrasive clothUse the cloth on its own without any commercial silver polish. Do not use paper towels or tissues to polish your jewelry as they contain fibres that can scratch the silver.
  • Clean and restore shine to your your vermeil jewelry by gently rubbing the jewels with a very soft cloth.
  • When polishing, use long back-and-forth motions that mirror the grain of the gold. Do not rub in circles, as this will magnify any tiny scratches. Use a different section of your cloth frequently to avoid placing tarnish back on the gold. You can use a ear bud to get into small, detailed areas.
  • In high humidity tropical regions, your jewels are best stored in an air tight container or a zip lock bag.
14 K GOLD JEWELRY CARE
  • Gold filled jewelry is created by pressure bonding an actual layer of gold to another metal. Although a gold filled piece of jewelry is not solid gold, it has the same desirable properties and look of solid gold. It won't tarnish and will not rub off or change colour. It is next best to solid gold.
PEARLS AND SHELLS
  • Our Fijian farmed Salt water pearls and our hand cut and carved Fijian saltwater oysters don't need much maintenance.
  • A wipe with a damp cloth is all that is needed. Avoid sprays and soaps.
  • Remove jewels before starting any work like washing dishes, gardening where your pearls or shells might be knocked and broken.
Please Remember, Last on and First off!