Jewelry Care

How to care for your Made By Mary jewelry

Gold Filled:

Gold fill is a basically a layer of gold pressure bonded to a base metal, typically brass.  Gold filled is different than gold-plated in several ways.  

  • Gold fill contains a substantial layer of 14kt gold, rather than a microscopic layer of gold plating. Consequently, gold filled is worth more and maintains its value better than gold plated.  
  • The process of pressure bonding makes the jewelry tarnish and chip resistant, unlike gold plate. This is why gold-filled jewelry is about double the price of gold-plated jewelry. A gold-fill finish will not flake off or chip and is tarnish resistant.

Although gold filled will maintain its shine and will resist tarnish, following these best practices will ensure the long, beautiful life of your piece:

  1. Remove jewelry during physical activities including intense cardio workouts (running, crossfit, etc.), gardening, and changing your tires (good for you!).
  2. Remove jewelry when using chemicals: shampoos, harsh soaps, lotions, makeup, hairspray, etc.  
  3. Regularly clean your jewelry using mild soap. Pat dry. DO NOT rub.
  4. Avoid prolonged exposure to pool, spa, etc.
  5. Avoid abrasive materials like a terry cloth, bath towel, and shirt to polish your jewelry.  We recommend using a soft cloth, lens cloth, or any microfiber cloth to gently clean your jewelry.

Bottom line, if properly cared for, gold-filled jewelry can last for years. Check out our products hereto tell your next story with Made by Mary. 

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