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January 28, 2019 3 min read

A Guide To Care For Vermeil Jewelry

 

QUICK FACTS

  • So, what is Gold Vermeil anyway? Gold Vermeil (pronounced vur-MAY) is genuine .925 sterling silver that has been expertly plated with a thick layer of 14k-24k gold
  • Gold Vermeil is the perfect option for those with metal allergies due to the durable thickness of the gold combined with the base of sterling silver.
  • Gold vermeil is an "insider's secret" of discerning jewelry buyers as premium materials (silver and gold) are used, but allows for more affordable designer jewelry than solid gold. It's a premium-quality piece of jewelry, but without the premium price tag of solid gold.
  • With high-end jewelry designers embracing the trend, now is the perfect time to add some to your collection.

 

OFF FIRST & ON LAST

First and foremost, the easiest way you can care for your jewelry is in the way you wear them. You want to religiously wear your fine jewelry during the week, but in order to do that, a little trick is to create great habits with your wear. The golden rule is “OFF FIRST AND ON LAST”. Try to cultivate the habit of putting on your jewelry at the last step before you leave home and take it off first thing when you get home for the night! Remember to avoid hairspray, perfume, cosmetics and lotions in the way while you get ready as this will accelerate the rate of tarnish and cause the jewelry to lose its’ lustre!
 

CLEAN REGULARLY

Life gets busy and your jewelry can get neglected! For at-home cleaning, it is recommended to clean your daily wearables (ie a ring) once a week. For items that are worn a little less frequently, clean them once a month. You may try simple home DIY remedy such as brushing the jewelry with toothbrush (with soft bristles only as you do not want to scratch the jewelry) coupled with a mixture of mild soap and lukewarm water. Dry the jewelry thoroughly after cleaning, do not let the jewelry remain wet in the open air. You may also wipe your jewelry using cotton balls, microfiber polishing cloth and jewelry wipes.

 

STORAGE

Think of your jewelry like your skin, sunlight can damage the color and clarity just as easily as you could get a sunburn. Be sure to store fine pieces in the pouch or box that them come in with, and keep the jewelry box away from direct sunlight. Our gift box doubles as a jewelry box while the jewel bag can be used as a polishing cloth.

 

RESTRICTION ON CERTAIN ACTIVITIES

Remove your jewelry when you are doing outdoor activities such as swimming (pool and beach), exercising with equipment, weight lifting and amusement parks rides (better not risk it!).You do not want to risk your jewelry getting scratched, dented or lost. It is also not recommended to wear your jewelry to the sauna and spa. Exposure to bodily fluids like sweat and oil as well as chlorine and salt water will only damage your jewelry in the long run. Due to the nature of the materials, tarnish will definitely occur over time. There is no fixed time frame as to when tarnish will happen because tarnishing is highly influenced by the acidity of your skin as well.


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