Jewelry Care 101:
Be Nice to Your Jewelry ❤️
When you build your forever jewelry collection, you want to do everything you can to keep it beautiful over time. Our jewelry collections range from 14k gold plated, to solid sterling silver 925, to solid 14k gold. Our goal is to make our jewelry in a variety of different options (always nickel-free, all the time, so safe for sensitive skin), so you can choose exactly what’s right for you.
To make your jewelry last, you'll want to take care of it - just like you would take care of anything else you love in life. Here’s what you have been asking about jewelry care – and what you need to know to keep your jewelry looking shiny for years to come ✨
WHAT IS MY JEWELRY MADE OF?
Thank you SO much for asking – it’s important that you know what’s in your jewelry! We make our jewelry in a variety of different options (always nickel-free, all the time), so you can choose what’s right for you.
- Solid 14k Gold: Our solid 14k gold line is exactly what it sounds like – solid 14k gold, through and through.
- Gold Vermeil: Our gold vermeil line is solid sterling silver 925 with a suuuuper thick coating of 14k gold. Think of gold vermeil as gold plating++: it’s a much thicker layer of gold for a longer-lasting shine, and the base of the piece has to be sterling silver for quality.
- Titanium: Our flat back earrings and cartilage hoops are made of implant grade titanium – the kind used in surgical implants. The gold titanium jewelry is coated with 14k gold, and the silver titanium jewelry is coated with rhodium (a non-allergenic metal in the platinum family) for shine and durability.
- 14k Gold Plated Brass: Our 14k gold plated line is made of a high-quality brass thick coated with 14k gold for quality.
- Sterling Silver: Our sterling silver line is made of solid sterling silver 925 (by definition, a mixture of 92.5% fine silver and 7.5% copper) coated with rhodium (an inert metal in the platinum family) for extra shine, durability, and tarnish resistance. For more on sterling silver jewelry care, I made a little guide just for you!
PS: POPSUGAR agrees that it's totally important to take care of your jewelry. We shared our best tips: learn how to keep your gold plated jewelry looking like new.
HOW DO I CARE FOR STERLING SILVER JEWELRY?
All sterling silver tarnishes over time – but you can slow the process, and you can also clean off the inevitable tarnish to make your jewelry look like new. You can delay tarnishing by wearing your jewelry often; the oils in your skin will help protect and clean the silver.
🧼 How to clean:
- Clean your sterling silver jewelry with warm soapy water. When it comes time to clean your sterling silver, mix warm water with a mild soap in a bowl, and let your jewelry soak for a few minutes. Dry it with a soft, lint-free cloth.
- Polishing is another effective option for restoring your sterling silver’s luster. Here are some polishing tips:
1) Use a non-abrasive cloth to prevent scratching.
2) Move to a new section of the cloth frequently.
3) Follow the grain of the silver.
❌ What to avoid:
- Excessive sunlight, oxygen, and moisture in the air will tarnish sterling silver jewelry, so be sure to properly store your jewels when you’re not wearing them.
- Just be sure to minimize your jewelry’s exposure to the chemicals in sweat, personal care products, and pools and hot tubs.
✨ How to store: Store in an area with low humidity in an airtight bag with a packet of silica or a piece of chalk. Keep clasps and closures unhooked to avoid moisture buildup.
WHAT CAUSES TARNISH? HOW DO I KEEP MY JEWELRY FROM TARNISHING?
✅ Fast Facts: Tarnishing is completely natural for sterling silver and plated jewelry, and it’s the result of the jewelry’s surface reacting to air (aka oxidation, for those of you who remember chemistry class). Tarnishing is speeded up when the jewelry is exposed to water and/or chemicals (e.g. shampoos and soaps) – but a variety of factors are at play:
- Sweat 💦: There are a lot of chemicals in your sweat (totally normal!), so it is best to remove your jewelry during intense workouts.
- Body chemistry 👤: We all have different hormones, so the chemicals released from our pores vary from person to person. Depending on your body chemistry, your jewels may tarnish faster than they do for someone else.
- Personal care products🧴: Sunscreen, perfume, shampoo, lotion, cleaning products with bleach, nail polish remover, and hairspray can all speed up tarnishing and damage. We suggest removing your jewelry while you use these products.
- Pools and hot tubs🚰: The chemicals used to clean pools and hot tubs are super harsh on jewelry, so we advise removing your jewels before going for a swim.
What do I want to buy for 24/7 wear?
For 24/7 wear, we’d recommend solid gold - or potentially sterling silver. If you don’t want to change out your earrings when you sleep and shower, solid gold is really the way to go - it doesn’t tarnish, and it just needs a polish up to clean it off every once in awhile. Sterling silver does tarnish over time because of exposure to air/chemicals, but it can be polished up to look like new when it does inevitably tarnish.
No matter what your earrings are made of, you'll want to periodically take them out to clean them. Buildup naturally occurs over time, and after awhile, it can start to irritate your ears. For proper ear health, it's best to clean them about once a week - that way, you'll minimize chance of infection.
What are more affordable jewelry options that can be worn every day?
Totally understand that solid gold isn’t always an option. We make a wide selection of our earrings in 14k Gold Plated Brass and Gold Vermeil - they’re more affordable, and they’re great everyday earrings when properly cared for. We also make flat back earrings (and cartilage hoops!) in implant grade titanium that are designed to be worn 24/7. Our line of 20g flat back earrings are made for both lobe and cartilage piercings - they're made to wear 24/7, and they won't poke you like traditional earrings due to the flat back design.
Keep your jewelry away from water and chemicals to maintain it over time - and store it in an airtight baggie (like the ones the earrings come in) when you’re not wearing it.
Any other questions?
If you have any questions about jewelry care - or if there's anything else we can help with, message us 💌! We're more than happy to help!