Know your AS jewelry
14K Gold Filled Jewelry is a beautiful, affordable alternative to solid gold. Gold filled is a layer of gold pressure bonded to another metal. It is not to be confused with gold plating as it has 100% more gold than gold plate & is tarnish & peel resistant.
To make it long lasting, here are some tips:
- Keep it dry. Apply makeup, hairspray or lotions before putting jewelry on.
- Gently wipe with a polishing cloth to remove any skin oils, makeup, etc
- Do not use abrasive chemicals or products to clean. Use warm, soapy water.
- Store jewelry separately so it doesn't scratch other jewelry.
What is the difference between Gold Filled Jewelry and Gold Plated Jewelry?
Gold Filled Jewelry:
- has 100x more real gold than gold plate
- is tarnish and peel resistant (unlike gold plated material)
- is a beautiful and affordable alternative to solid gold
- can be worn by people with sensitive skin
- can be cleaned and washed in mild soap and water
Sterling Silver is one of the most popular metals for jewelry because of its beauty and versatility. When oxygen or sulfur come in contact with silver, it does cause tarnishing – giving a dirty look to the silver. Fortunately, caring for your sterling silver is not hard.
For best results:
- Wear it! Your oils will clean the silver.
- Avoid exposure to cleaning supplies, lotions, hairspray, makeup, swimming, sunbathing.
- Store jewelry separately in airtight bags.
- Clean with a special silver polishing cloth.
- Polishing Pads are great for sterling silver!
- Clean with soap & water, or try one of the many homemade silver cleaners online.
Brass makes great everyday jewelry with it's natural shine and offers an affordable alternative to precious metals.
To care for and preserve your Brass:
- Oils from your skin and the oxygen in the air are what accelerate tarnishing. To slow the tarnish process, wipe the piece with a soft cotton rag after wearing & store in a plastic bag with an anti-tarnishing strip.
- Remove jewelry before hand washing, swimming, exercising and showering.
- To avoid a black residue, apply a coat of clear nail polish to the underside.
- The quick & easiest way to clean your brass is with a polishing pad.
- For medium tarnish – use 2 tbsps of baking soda & add drops of lemon juice until you have a paste. After it finishes fizzing, scrub with a toothbrush. Let sit in paste for 30 minutes, rinse with water & dry thoroughly.
- For heavy tarnish - place in vinegar & let soak for 30-60 minutes. Scrub clean with a toothbrush. Once clean, rinse with water.
GOLD AND SILVER PLATED JEWELRY
Plating is a process where a layer of gold is placed on to coat the surface of another metal. As the jewelry is not 100% solid gold, extra care should be taken to maximize its lifespan. Anything plated will eventually tarnish with time and wear.
Caring for Your ‘AS’ Gold and Silver Plated Jewelry:
- To decrease the chances of fading out, here are easy ways on keeping the luster of your gold plated jewelry.
- Do not spray on perfume or other sprays while wearing your gold-plated jewelry.
- Wait until your lotion or cream is dry or has been absorbed by your skin before you wear your gold plated ring, bracelet or necklace.
- Substances like oil, nail polish, nail polish remover, chlorine, and perfume may react with metal/plated jewelry and cause it to tarnish. This is also true for sweat, so make sure you remove your gold plated jewelry when you exercise or doing anything requiring heavy work and when swimming.
- After every use, clean your plated jewelry with a cotton ball or a very soft cloth to remove any dust and dirt. Gently rubbing the surface of your gold plated jewelry using a soft jewelry cloth, helps restore shine. Do *not* use a polishing cloth as this will strip away the plating.
- If your jewelry needs more cleaning you may clean it with warm, soapy water. Soak it for a few minutes and you may clean it with a soft cloth. Stay away from jewelry cleaners and antibacterial soaps which may have certain components that will make your gold plated jewelry tarnish more quickly.
- To avoid scratches, wrap your jewelry in a soft cloth after cleaning or keep it in a jewelry box separate from other types of jewelry you have. Small zip-locks work great.
- Store like items together. Do not store gold plating and silver plating together. The different metals will cause each other to tarnish, fade and/or turn colors. Have different storage places for different colors of metals like gold and rose gold. Store in a dry area.