All of our items are made from a wide range of materials and therefore require different type of care.
Vermeil jewelry has recently become quite popular as it achieves a similar look to 14-karat gold without the high costs involved. Gold vermeil is pure sterling silver metal with a thick gold coating. Our jewels are dipped in 14-karat gold and e-coated to ensure the products longer lifespan. Vermeil jewelry is perfect for the average consumer because it allows them to buy fashionable, high-quality pieces at an affordable price.
Vermeil jewelry is durable and high in quality, however, it is important to treat it with a little extra care. Always make sure to remove your gold vermeil jewelry when bathing or applying lotions and perfumes. Your gold vermeil pieces should also be the last thing you put on when getting dressed. To keep your jewelry looking as fresh as possible we recommend placing the piece safely inside the Edona pouch / jewelry box that came with your order.
Sterling silver is an alloyed metal, normally made of 92.5% (sometimes more) pure silver and other metals. It's a popular metal because of its affordability and malleability, but it can also tarnish depending on your care. Tarnish is simply the result of a chemical reaction with oxygen or sulfur particles in the air. With a few easy-to-follow tips, you can take care of your sterling silver jewelry and make it last for years to come!
Knowing what’s harmful to your sterling silver jewelry is the best way to combat tarnish. For your daily wearing, we’ve put together this list of tips:
- Wear it often: Believe it or not, your skin’s natural oils will help keep silver jewelry shiny. One of the easiest ways to prevent tarnish is to simply wear your silver often as opposed to letting it sit in a jewelry box unworn.
- Remove during household chores: Substances with additional sulfur like household cleaners, chlorinated water, perspiration, and rubber will accelerate corrosion and tarnish. It’s a good idea to remove sterling silver completely before cleaning.
- Put your jewelry on last: For generations, women have been putting their jewelry on last and that’s for good reason! Lotions, makeups, hair spray and perfumes will accelerate tarnishing.
How to clean your sterling silver jewelry
There are countless at-home methods for cleaning your silver jewelry.
- Soap and water: This is our most recommended method because of the gentleness of soap and water. This should really be your first line of defense before trying anything else.
- Baking soda and water: If you come across suggestions to use toothpaste, we highly recommend you ignore that tip and use baking soda and water instead. When toothpastes were simple non-whitening, non-gel based pastes, they could be used on your jewelry. However, they include many more ingredients now that may damage your silver. Instead make a paste from baking soda and water, apply a small amount onto a cloth or tooth brush and scrub gently.
- White vinegar and baking soda: This gentle cleaning method is great for removing heavy tarnish. Soak your sterling silver in ½ cup of white vinegar and 2 tbsp of baking soda (combine these in the sink and prepare yourself for the fizzing and foam) for two to three hours. Rinse jewelry and pat dry.
- Finish with a polish: After you’ve given your jewelry a good cleaning, you can finish the process by using a polishing cloth that’s specifically for sterling silver.
For pieces containing gemstones, minerals or rhinestones, it is best to remove them when:
- Working out
- Swimming in the pool or ocean
- Putting on lotion, hairspray, perfume, or any other beauty products
- Cleaning the house or using harsh chemicals
If the jewelry is exposed to any of the above, it is always best to dry the piece before storing to preserve quality/vibrancy.
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