18K GOLD PLATING
18K Gold Plating is beautiful, but needs to be loved! To decrease the chances of it wearing out, here are some easy ways make sure it keeps its lustre. As it is layer of gold, extra care should be taken to maximize its lifespan.
- Do not spray on perfume or other sprays while wearing your gold plated jewellery. Wear your jewellery after you have sprayed on your favourite perfume so that chemicals on the spray or perfume does not interact with your jewellery’s metal.
- 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, perfume and the like may react with metal/plated jewellery and will cause it to tarnish easily. This also goes with sweat, so make sure you don’t forget to remove your gold plated jewellery when you exercise or anything that would require heavy physical work, and also when swimming.
- After every use, you can help keep your item shimmering by cleaning it 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 jewellery using a soft jewellery cloth also helps restore shine.
- If your jewellery 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 jewellery cleaners and antibacterial soaps which may have certain components that will just make your gold plated jewellery tarnish more quickly.
- To avoid scratches, wrap your jewellery in a soft cloth after cleaning or keep it in a jewellery box separate from other types of jewellery you have.
Sterling silver is the perfect finish for signature everyday pieces. But when it comes to this material, wearing is caring. If not worn and left out, sterling silver can tarnish over time from exposure to the air. However this process is much less likely to occur when your sterling silver pieces are worn often and with love.
If your sterling silver jewellery won’t be worn regularly, there are preventative measures you can take to avoid tarnishing. Because air and sulfur are sterling silver’s worst enemies, it’s best to keep your jewellery in an air-tight location, away from wool, latex, and other sulfur-containing materials. We recommend that you store your pieces in an airtight bag, in its original box.
If your piece has already tarnished, don’t despair! There are some quick and easy ways to restore sterling silver to its original shine. For an easy homemade solution, you can brighten up your silver using baking soda, water and aluminium foil. Line the bottom of a glass bowl or cup with the foil. Next, place your silver jewellery on top of the foil and sprinkle a thin layer of baking soda directly on the piece. Add boiling water to the cup/bowl and wait a minute or less to see the tarnish vanish. Carefully remove your jewellery and wipe it down with a soft cloth, ideally a microfiber towel.