Gold filled jewelry is made to last much longer than gold plated jewelry. That is because it has a thicker, mechanically bonded layer of 14k gold over the base metal layer. We always use double clad gold filled, so both front and back have this layer. The most important thing to keep in mind in the care of gold filled jewelry is to keep that layer in good condition. Protect it from scratches and clean it with a soft cotton cloth and mild soap and water. Do not clean it with anything abrasive, as it will wear that gold layer down and damage it.
It’s best to avoid any strenuous work while wearing this jewelry. Do not wear it in the shower, while swimming, or while working out.
All of our silver pieces come in a box with a small anti-tarnish strip. This strip will absorb tarnishing agents in the environment, and help protect against tarnishing if stored with the jewelry consistently. These strips should be replaced every 6 months, but may last longer if kept in a zip-lock bag with your jewelry. Avoid wearing your sterling silver jewelry in tarnish causing conditions such as swimming, cleaning, or during strenuous exercise as exposure to excessive sweating can also speed the tarnishing process.
If your piece does become tarnished, a little bit of cleaning can make it look new again! You can use silver polishing cloths to polish the tarnish off of your jewelry. You can also use microfiber or flannel cloth, but do not use paper towels or tissues as this can scratch the surface of our jewelry. If polishing alone does not work, try washing your item in mild ammonia-free and phosphate-free dish soap and water. If the tarnishing is severe, you may want to consider having it professionally cleaned.