What your pieces are made of and how to make them last
Most earrings (besides any 14k gold filled or sterling silver ones) are made out of metal that have a gold and silver tone finish with a 99.9% copper core, lacquered to be tarnish resistant. Naturally over time, these earrings are prone to tarnishing but there are things to avoid to lengthen its lifespan.
Try to avoid: Wearing in water, harsh chemicals (perfume, sunscreen, lotion), excessive moisture, storing in places exposed to extra moisture
Suggestion: Store in a jewelry box, pouch, or even a ziplock bag to best avoid chemicals, moisture, and breakage of jewelry.
What is Gold Filled?
Gold-filled is the second best option next to solid gold. If you are an everyday wearer of jewelry and rarely take it off like me, gold filled is the perfect option for you! It is resistant to tarnish because the layer of gold is fairly thick. Like any metal (besides solid gold), you need to avoid coming in contact with water, and harsh chemicals for it to be longer lasting. To minimize scratches and other damage, store your pieces in its own cloth, bag, or even a pouch. To clean your pieces apply mild soap and brush with a soft toothbrush or use a soft polishing cloth. For more details on gold filled, check out my What is Gold-Filled Blog!
All of my sterling silver pieces are 92.5% silver (almost all my necklaces have a sterling silver option). Unlike gold filled, sterling silver tarnishes when exposed to water, salt air, and harsh chemicals.
Store in a wrapped cloth, sealed bag, polish with cloth when needed, remove before showering, exercising, anything that will expose it to water
Scrub too harshly when cleaning, use harsh chemicals to clean, be afraid to ask me how to clean your pieces
Dirt stuck in between stones?
How to clean your necklace with stones:
1. Soak in warm water with a hint of soap
2. Using a soft toothbrush, go to work on the tiny crevasses of your necklaces. It’s is more efficient to buy a new one rather than use an old brush, since residue builds up in the bristles.
3. Rinse using warm, running water to rinse off the soap and debris.
4. Dry with lint free cloth and store safely
Note: You might have to repeat steps multiple times depending on how often you clean your pieces