Jewelry Maintain & Care

Here is a quick guide on how to take care of jewelry made from different types of metal.

Gold Vermeil jewelry has Sterling Silver(S925) as its base material. It uses a thicker type of gold plating that is more than 2.5 microns and is at least 10k (karats) or higher. This means that Gold Vermeil jewelry has a minimum of 41.7% gold. The Gold Vermeil jewelry listed on our stores are usually between 14-18k

  • High Quality
  • Tarnish Resistant
  • Durable & Hypoallergenic


14K/18K Gold Filled jewelry are made of a variety of non-gold metals such as brass or copper and has a layer of gold on top. This layer of gold on top is much thicker than gold plated jewelry and gold vermeil. 14K  jewelry contains 58.3% gold while 18K jewelry contains 75% gold.

  • Doesn't wear off quite as easily as Gold-Plated jewelry 
  • Tarnish Resistant
  • Durable & Hypoallergenic


14K/18K Gold-Plated jewelry contains 0.03-0.05% solid gold, and this thin gold layer is added onto the base metal via electroplating. The base metal is usually made of non-gold metals such as brass.

  • Much more affordable
  • Tarnish Resistant
  • Hypoallergenic / Only if the gold layer is worn or peeled off may irritate sensitive skin


Rose Gold Plated Rose gold is real gold (75%) mixed silver and copper (25%). 

  • More durable than yellow or white gold
  • Affordable
  • Contains more copper, it is more likely to change color when exposed to moisture or sweat.


White Gold Plated is real gold (75%) mixed palladium or nickel (25%).

  • Durable
  • Affordable
  • Tarnish Resistant
  • Can become scratched, especially when worn on a daily basis
  • Nickel may be present in the gold alloy, may not be suitable for metal allergy sufferers


Sterling Silver(S925) jewelry consists of 92.5% silver, and the rest of it comprises copper.

  • It can tarnish, easy to remove with polishers
  • Durable & Hypoallergenic

Silver is not just a metal. It’s also considered an element, with the chemical symbol of Ag. 

While silver isn’t quite as rare as its cousins gold and platinum, silver is still considered a precious metal.

Sterling silver, in particular, is composed of 92.5% pure silver and 7.5% copper alloy. They often alloy other metals – like copper, zinc, and platinum – with pure silver as the latter is too soft to use for anything durable or functional.  

While silver is beautiful, materials made with pure silver have a higher chance of losing their original shape. Silver is a very delicate metal and has a tendency to bend and snag easily. 


316L Stainless Steel is best known as the material used to make surgical instruments. This hard metal resists scratches and corrosion thanks to an invisible layer of chromium that prevents oxidation 

  • Almost indestructible
  • Resistant to tarnish and scratch proof; Rust-Proof
  • Affordable
  • Durable & Hypoallergenic
  • Super easy to clean with warm water



Sterling silver will tarnish over time. Silver reacts to moisture and chemicals in the air such as sulphur (in the same way it can react to perfumes and lotions on our skin). It is a completely normal and natural reaction.

Silver jewelry remains at its shiny best when worn daily or kept in a dry, air-tight box or bag. To clean any tarnishing, simply polish with your silver cloth to regain a silver finish.

Regular use of a silver cloth removes light tarnish and inhibits re-tarnishing, prolonging the original sparkle of your silver.

Silver is a soft metal, so its best to remove jewelry while cleaning or in situations where rings are likely to get knocked against hard surfaces.

Chemicals like chlorine and salt can damage silver so avoid wearing while swimming or when in the shower. Always remove necklaces before sleeping and avoid storing in humid environments such as the bathroom.



To keep matt finishes clean, wash gently with warm, soapy water. Make sure it is fully dry before returning to its box or airtight bag for storage. Avoid using a polishing cloth as it may remove the matt finish (if needed, just rub lightly). Matt finishes are a surface treatment so they will naturally fade with wear (becoming more shiny over time).

Tip: Gently sanding with an ultra fine sanding sponge or steel wool, in one direction, will lift the matt finish after fading.


For tarnished chains and delicate or detailed silver jewelry a silver bath or "silver dip" may be required.

It’s incredible how quickly it strips your silver of any grease or tarnish and returns it to its former glory. It is able to reach deep crevasses and fine detail, so for silver lovers this is a handy product to have at home.

It is important to rinse very well with warm water to remove any residue before drying.

Once fully dry, rub with a silver polishing cloth to help slow re-tarnishing and give the piece a brighter shine and a protective layer. 

Make sure the piece is fully dry and polished before returning to its box or airtight bag for storage.  

Tip: Gently brush with an soft toothbrush to remove any imbedded dirt in deep crevasses.


If you don't have a jewelry box, we advise you keep your silver jewelry in the box it came in or inside a zip lock bag or air tight container. Add in any silica gel packs you have (often found in shoe boxes and vitamin jars) known as desiccants, they absorb moisture so will help prevent and slow tarnish.

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If you don’t have any silver cleaner at hand, or you don't like to use chemicals, you can try the following method on all-metal pieces, such as chains or bracelets. Do not use this method on jewelry containing gemstones (the heat may cause them to crack or change colour).

Find a glass bowl, or dish suitable for the type of jewelry being cleaned, and line with aluminum foil.

Place your jewelry inside the lined bowl and cover with baking soda, just enough so you can barely see the jewelry .

Next, pour hot water over the jewelry and wait for the bubbling to stop.

After the solution has stopped bubbling, remove the piece, rinse with warm water and buff dry with a soft cotton cloth.

You may need to repeat the process up to 5-6 times for badly tarnished pieces.


To clean your gold jewelry , wash it gently with warm, soapy water.

Allow to dry and then buff with a soft dry cloth or gold polishing cloth.

For a deeper clean, an ultrasonic cleaner or a gold immersion bath or 'gold dip' may be used.

Tip: Gently brush with a soft toothbrush to remove any imbedded dirt (be careful not to disrupt any loose stones, if present).