- Gold filled jewelry is an amazing, quality alternative to solid gold. It is a thick layer of 14 kt pure gold permanently bonded over another metal.
- Gold filled should not be confused with gold plated. There is 100 times more gold in gold filled than in gold plated.
- Gold filled can be worn by those with sensitive skin, is tarnish resistant, and will last for years if properly cared for. If it's necessary, clean gold filled using mild soap and water.
- Sterling silver naturally tarnishes over time, but can be polished back to its original condition.
- To clean sterling silver, use polishes formulated specifically to remove tarnish.
- Alternatively, you can use the following home remedy: Mix baking soda with water to create a paste. Place your sterling silver jewelry in the paste, covering it completely. Leave your jewelry in the paste for about 30 minutes (you can leave it longer if needed). Use a soft toothbrush to scrub it clean. Rinse well with warm water. Dry with a soft cloth or paper towel.
- Bronze is an alloy of mostly copper and (usually) tin.
- Wearing bronze jewelry can be beneficial for those who have copper deficiencies.
- Bronze is not suitable for those with nickel allergies or sensitive skin.
The copper content in Bronze gives it a lovely pinkish hue. Bronze will naturally tarnish, sometimes as quick as a week, depending on the environment. The reddish-brown earthy color it turns into compliments most skin tones and colors. If you prefer the softer pink hue, it can easily be polished back to its original condition with the following natural home remedy:
- Mix lemon juice and salt in a small bowl. Put your bronze jewelry in the bowl and let it sit for a few seconds to a few minutes.
- Use an old toothbrush to scrub your jewelry clean. Rinse well with running water. Dry with a soft cloth or paper towel.