How to care for your Made By Mary jewelry
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.
This is why gold-fill jewelry is about double the price of gold-plated jewelry. A gold-fill finish will not flake off or chip and is tarnish resistance.
Although a gold filled will maintain its shine and will resist tarnish, following these best practices will ensure the long, beautiful life of your piece:
Remove jewelry during physical activities including intense cardio workouts (running, crossfit, etc.), gardening, and changing your tires (good for you!).
Remove jewelry when using chemicals: shampoos, harsh soaps, lotions, makeup, hairspray, etc.
Regularly clean your jewelry using mild soap. Pat dry. DO NOT rub.
- Avoid prolonged exposure to pool, spa, etc.
Avoid abrasive materials like a terry cloth, bath towel, and shirt to polish your jewelry. Use the white micro abrasive polishing pad included with your item.
Bottom line, if properly cared for, gold-filled jewelry can last for years. Check out our products here to tell your next story with Made by Mary.