Sterling Silver naturally tarnishes when exposed to air and other elements. There are other factors that can cause tarnish as well: some skin types, lotions, exposure to other tarnished jewelry, improper storage, etc. How your jewelry is stored can make a difference in how quickly your jewelry tarnishes. When not being worn, your jewelry should be stored in a closed jewelry box or a plastic bag. It should not be touching other jewelry, especially if the other jewelry is tarnished.
The best solution for tarnish is prevention. To prevent tarnish build-up, you should periodically polish your pendants with a polishing cloth. Professional cleanings are recommended. Our Sterling Silver is plated with rhodium for a nice bright white finish. Rhodium plating limits tarnishing and prolongs the life of your piece. Just like any other plating, rhodium does not last forever and will wear off over time.
An important note about all plated metals: Everyone’s skin is as unique as the customized jewelry they wear! Because of this fact, there are some physiological and lifestyle factors to consider before purchasing in order to make sure it’s right for you and will have a long and enduring life. Certain factors can cause all platings to wear down over time and reveal the white Sterling Silver underneath. For example: if your (or the gift’s recipient’s) skin is more acidic or prone to oiliness — acidic skin oils can eat away at yellow plating in less than a week; if you tend to heavily use fragrant lotion or hairspray or other cosmetic products in the area you’d wear your jewelry, you might want to consider other options.
If you’re an active type and looking for jewelry you can wear round the clock, even during your workouts, you should go for our 10k or 14k Yellow Gold products — particularly if your regular activity includes swimming or running, which can add to the wearing down of your piece. We want you to love the piece you purchase so we do our best to ensure you know as much about plating as we do!
Don’t get us wrong — gold plating is all the rage in fashion right now! But if you’re unsure, consider choosing Yellow Karat Gold. Solid gold might be an upgrade, but it will last much longer if your skin type doesn’t work well with plated styles. Contact us for a discount code for your next gold purchase.
Steps for Jewelry Care
- Do not spray on perfume while wearing your gold plated jewelry. Wear your jewelry after you have sprayed on your favorite perfume so that chemicals on the spray or perfume does not interact with your jewelry’s metal.
- Wait until your lotion 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, perfume may react with metal/plated jewelry and will cause it to tarnish easily. This also goes with sweat, so make sure you don’t forget to remove your gold plated jewelry when you exercise or anything that would require heavy physical work, and also when swimming.
- Every after use, clean your plated jewelry with a cotton ball or a very soft cloth to remove any dust and dirt it has acquired. Gently rubbing the surface of your gold plated jewelry using a soft jewelry cloth also helps restore shine.
- 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 brush. Stay away from jewelry cleaners and antibacterial soaps which may have certain components that will just 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.
Pieces purchased at various timeframes may slightly differ in appearance. We try our best to stay true to our beginnings but some changes will happen due to customer feedback, cost, manufacturing process & technology, inventory etc. We are always looking at improving our product to keep costs low and still deliver high quality.