Cleaning and Care

Before you embark on cleaning, it's essential to gain a clear understanding of the jewelry you're handling. Gold jewelry can take on various forms, and the terminology might not always be familiar. So, let's begin with a concise breakdown to provide some clarity.

Let's unravel the world of Gold Vermeil Jewelry:

Gold vermeil is a term with strict technical standards, ensuring a specific level of quality. To legally use the term "vermeil," certain criteria must be met. Gold vermeil pieces represent the pinnacle of plated jewelry. They require a solid gold layer with a minimum thickness of 2.5 microns that bonds over a sterling silver base metal. We're proud to say that all Munay Vermeil jewelry is 3 microns thick. In comparison, standard plated jewelry has no such requirements and may feature an extremely thin layer, often referred to as flash plating.

The merits of owning a gold vermeil jewelry collection are numerous. First, the generous gold layer provides enduring beauty and quality. The base metal is always sterling silver, making it ideal for sensitive skin and naturally resistant to tarnishing. Additionally, gold vermeil pieces are notably more affordable than solid gold counterparts. It's akin to the business class of gold jewelry—a lasting investment that won't break the bank.

For a more in-depth exploration of the various gold types, feel free to peruse our article, "Why Is Gold Vermeil So Great?"

Cleaning Your Gold Vermeil Jewelry:

Routine Care:

For your daily jewelry care routine, the gentlest approach is often the most effective. To keep your gold vermeil jewelry radiant, follow these steps:

  • Begin by using a soft cloth or microfiber cloth, similar to what you'd use for sunglasses. Avoid using jewelry polishing cloths or silver cloths unless they specify "un-treated," as they may contain harsh polishing agents unsuitable for gold vermeil, causing premature wear.

  • Ensure the cloth is clean and free of lint, which could get trapped in clasps or detailed areas

  • Gently rub and polish your jewelry, removing daily buildup and revealing its original sparkle.

Pay extra attention when cleaning chains, gemstones, and pearls, as our fingers can inadvertently exert more force than we realize when working on delicate areas.

Deep Cleaning:

When your vermeil jewelry requires a deeper cleanse, opt for a gentle liquid soap and lukewarm water:

  • Use lukewarm water rather than hot water.

  • Select a basic liquid soap, such as dish soap (like Dawn).

  • Avoid fully submerging your jewelry in soapy water.

  • Wet a soft, lint-free cloth with a small amount of soapy water from a bowl or sink.

  • Gently rub your jewelry to clean it. Avoid using a brush on vermeil, even if it has soft bristles, as it can still be abrasive to the gold plating.

  • After cleaning, rinse your pieces with another cloth dipped in plain water and gently pat them dry.

Tarnish Removal:

Vermeil jewelry is remarkably resistant to tarnishing. However, if you notice tarnish, typically appearing as a brown or dark spot, follow these steps to address it:

  • Gently rub the tarnished area with a soft, clean cloth. This should effectively remove the tarnish.

If you encounter a grey, filmy, or scaly-like substance, it signifies that your jewelry piece is not vermeil and has a brass base. Brass can develop reactive tarnish, which can only be removed through buffing, a process that also removes the outer layer of gold. Exercise caution when dealing with brass-based jewelry.

If your Gold Vermeil piece becomes very brown and discoloured, it means the piece has oxidized. This usually occurs due to improper care, cleaning and storage. If this occurs and the recommended cleaning options above don't clean your jewelry, it will be necessary to replate your jewelry. If you're in Bali, drop your jewelry off at one of our stores and we'll be happy to do this for you for free, otherwise, you will need to visit a jewelry local to you to have your piece replated. 

Ultrasonic Cleaner Use:

Avoid using ultrasonic cleaners on gold vermeil or any type of plated jewelry. Vermeil jewelry features a plating bonded using electro currents, and ultrasonic waves can disrupt this bonding. Stick to ultrasonic cleaners for solid gold and sterling silver jewelry. Be cautious if your silver jewelry has rhodium plating, as ultrasonic cleaning may not be suitable for it. All our sterling silver jewelry is pure silver with no plating.

Storing Your Jewelry

To ensure the lasting beauty of your jewelry, consider these storage tips:

Individual Storage:

Always store your jewelry individually, ideally in a soft-lined box or another jewelry box with a secure closure. This practice prevents your pieces from getting scratched or tangled and helps maintain their luster. It also keeps them shielded from excess air exposure and moisture.

Protection from Oxidation:

Metals naturally oxidize when exposed to moisture and air pollutants. Proper storage is key to mitigating this effect. 

Things to Avoid

Preserving the beauty and longevity of your jewelry involves safeguarding it from common chemicals found in various products. Here are some essential tips:

Avoid Chemical Contact:

Jewelry can be damaged by chemicals present in perfume, hair products, cosmetics, cleaning agents, and body lotions or oils. A crucial tip is to refrain from using hand sanitizer while wearing your rings, especially because of the alcohol content, which can harm precious metals. 

Mind Chlorine and Salt Water:

Both chlorine and salt water, while not immediately harmful, can have a detrimental impact on your jewelry over time. It's advisable to remove your jewelry before swimming to prevent potential damage. We know that sometimes we can be swept up in the moments of life, so if you do find yourself in a pool or the ocean with your jewelry on, be sure to rinse your pieces with fresh water and dry them with a soft cloth. 

Prevent Soap Residue:

Soapy water used during bathing or handwashing can leave behind a film that dulls the luster of your jewelry. To maintain their shine, it's best to remove your pieces before washing up.

By treating your jewelry with care and following these precautions, you can ensure that it continues to enhance your style and beauty for many years. Should you ever have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to reach out via email or direct message. Your jewelry's well-being is our priority.

Your vermeil jewelry, when cared for properly, will continue to shine and delight for a lifetime!

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