General Care: Maintain your jewelry’s shine by avoiding contact with agents such as perfume, lotion, makeup, hair & cleaning products. Not only will these chemicals reduce gem brilliance (the ability to return light,) they can be highly destructive to some gems, such as pearls, which react violently to acid and alcohol. Always remove your jewelry before swimming and exercising. Ideally your jewelry should be stored in a sealed plastic bag, or a jewelry box, away from heat, humidity and moisture. Avoid keeping in the bathroom, where it is especially humid! Always wear your rubber or metal safety backs with your earrings to prevent loss.
925 Sterling Silver - Sterling Silver is a soft metal & can scratch and misshape if mistreated, it can also naturally darkens (oxidize) over time. Use a polishing pad or cloth to remove tarnish and shine. You can help prevent oxidization by keeping it away from harsh chemicals such as chlorine, hairspray & perfumes etc & taking off when doing strenuous activities. You can wear to wash your hands, and showering, but take off before pools or ocean swimming. Sleeping in sterling silver can actually keep it cleaner than not wearing it because the natural oils from your skin help minimize tarnish.
14k Gold-filled - Wears exactly the same as solid gold & should not tarnish. You can wear it to wash your hands, and in the shower, but keep in mind the products in your shower are more likely than not, not good for the metal. We would definitely advise you not to do this if you want your jewelry to look its best. However, if you do, you will have to make sure you clean it more often. Be sure to keep away from harsh chemicals such as chlorine, hairspray & perfumes. You can keep your jewelry shiny & clean by using a jewelry polishing cloth regularly, or mild soap and water. Gold-filled is not recommended in extremely humid environments where there are also high levels of pollutants in the air.
Ring Upkeep: Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and a dish soap or mild cleaning detergent to scrub all around the ring inside and out and underneath in order to remove heavy build up. If this is done regularly, it will keep it consistently sparkly and easier to clean. Follow up with a polishing cloth to gently remove tarnish and restore luster. The cloth is infused with polishing compound and will turn black, showing that the compound is activated and that the polishing is working.