THE DO'S AND DONT'S OF CARING FOR YOUR APSE JEWELS

 
 
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D O ’ S !

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D O N ’ T S :/

 
 

In a perfect world, we could have jewelry that stayed in like-new condition no matter what we did with it. However, our material possessions will react to both proper and poor treatment, meaning, the better you treat your things, the better they will treat you, and in the long run, the better you treat the world.

If we treat our jewels and other items with care, we will spend less money, produce less waste, and in a optimistic, domino-effect, hopefully treat others with similar respect and consideration.

But how do we treat our jewelry with the best care? Where can we get away with taking it, and when is it best left at home? Do certain metals mean different care methods? How can I brighten or clean my piece myself at home in the case of tarnish? What is the science?

The good news is, if you understand a few general rules of thumb, preserving and cleaning your jewels can be really simple! So lets get started!

First thing’s first, let’s understand more about the main culprit of jewelry problems: tarnish. Tarnish is a chemical reaction between metal and external elements that produces a darkened, dull film on the metal’s surface. It is a common, natural chemical change that is considered a product of oxidation, and actually works to protect the metal underneath. Even though it doesn’t look pretty, its intentions are pure :)

Now that we know that tarnish isn’t scary or strange, although unwanted, these are a few external elements that will cause this common reaction.

  1. Moisture

    Anywhere moisture often appears or likes to hang out has the potential to dull or tarnish your jewelry. This means pools and hot tubs (not to mention the chemicals within these which will be mentioned below), showers and spas, as well as beaches and really humid settings. This also refers to the moisture and sweat you naturally produce due to activity.

  2. Body chemistry

    Your hormones can actually have a varying affect on the metals you wear. This is why the necklace your friend bought might stay bright and shiny, where yours seemed to dull ultra quick. Depending on your body’s genetic and natural chemistry, metals may react differently. But in the end, we choose to reason, its just your bod is just trying to protect that precious piece :p

  3. Product

    Any beauty or household products, both natural and chemical. This means hair spray, dry shampoo, lotion, sunscreen, perfume / cologne, household cleaning products, chlorine in pools, etc. The oils and the chemicals in these common items can and will have an effect on the condition of your jewelry. This means, taking off your jewels before putting on lotion or cleaning your house is one of the easiest ways you can preserve their condition.

 

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DON’T :/

 
 

These are just general, common items to avoid, but don’t stress, just use your best judgement! If your piece comes into contact with any of these items once or twice by accident, you may not see any harm. And the good news is, in the case an accident does happen, we will always help a brother or sister out :) Just get in touch with us.

Now, lets get into caring for your favorite metal.

Its true that not all metals are made equally. Some of the above items may affect some metals, where others will not. So lets dive into each metal apse pieces are made of and how to properly care and clean them.

Keep an eye out for yours!

 
 

Solid 14K Gold

First, we begin with the most precious of metals we offer, solid 14k gold. Solid gold is not pure gold⁠—if it were, it would be too soft and pliable for everyday wear. If your piece is less than 24K (pure gold), then the gold is mixed with other metals to encourage durability and strength. 14K gold is the sweet spot between 18K and 10K gold; it is a great mix of purity, durability, and value for money. The pro is its repairable and can travel most places with you without a worry.

 

Cleaning & Polishing

If you notice your 14k piece is looking less happy than at first glance, follow these few simple at-home steps to freshen it up! We recommend doing this once every several months.

  • Fill a small vessel with lukewarm water and add a small amount of mild, gentle dish soap.

  • Soak your gold piece in the soapy solution for about 20 minutes.

  • Use a soft toothbrush or cloth to clean the submerged gold.

  • Rinse well with lukewarm water and dry with a soft cloth. Leave the gold to air dry to ensure all the hard to reach places are dry.

  • If your gold includes a stone, do not soak. Simply dampen a soft cloth with dish soap solution and gently clean your gold. Rinse piece and dry.

  • Gently polish with your mircofiber Apse polishing cloth in circular motions to make your gold sparkle!

Wearing & Storing Safely

14k solid gold was clearly designed by God to live in. Its durability to the elements makes it llow maintenance and its more valuable than ever, making it a killer investment and an extra special piece.

  • 14k will stay happy through most activities, meaning you CAN wear it in the shower, while swimming, and exercising! (Again, use your best judgement as rough activity can scratch gold)

  • Avoid oils and chemicals

  • Store clean, dry gold in your Apse leatherette pouch to keep away from dust, or keep in your favorite vessel, preferably not touching other pieces so your gold does not scratch.

 

14K Goldfill

A thick layer of solid 14K gold is pressure bonded over a jeweler’s brass core. This is the next best⁠—affordable⁠—option to solid gold! You simply can’t mess this relationship up, so though we’d never recommend gold-filled jewelry as a running or swimming companion, don’t sweat it if it snuck along for the ride.

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Cleaning & Polishing

14k gold-filled should stay looking bright through years of wearing, but upon the infrequent occasion your piece is extra dull, treat it similarly to solid gold. Again, we recommend this method of cleaning only a few times a year.

  • Follow the same steps as you would for solid gold, however do not soak it more than a few minutes!

  • Gently polish with your Apse polishing cloth in circular motions to make your piece sparkle!

  • The more abrasion you use with gold-filled jewelry, the more likely it is that you will wear off the gold overtime. Always use minimal abrasion and do so sparingly :)

Wearing & Storing Safely

The life of gold-filled jewelry will be lengthened if you lightly clean before you store!

  • Before storing, briefly wipe any excess oils off your piece with a soft cloth.

    • If you have just had a day and you know your jewelry needs a little something more, then rinse it in lukewarm water and dry it with a soft cloth.

  • We do not recommend wearing 14K goldfill in the shower, while swimming, and exercising, but don’t worry if it happens by accident. These activities overtime will put the gold at risk for thinning out, so use your best judgement (ours is to avoid wearing during these activities whenever able)

  • Store clean, dry gold in your Apse pouch or another vessel, preferably not touching other pieces so your gold does not scratch.

 

14K Gold Vermeil

Gold vermeil (ver-MAY) is sterling silver that has been gold plated. Different than gold-filled, the gold in vermeil jewelry has been adhered through electricity to a precious metal core, and is dipped in at least 5x more gold than regular gold plated jewelry. This makes vermeil both durable and accessible. Meaning, you can have your cake and eat it, too, as long as you keep you cake safe for the eating that is!

 

Cleaning & Polishing

Gold vermeil jewelry should stay looking bright through years of careful wearing, but on the occasion case you notice dullness, clean it gently.

  • Lightly use your Apse polishing cloth to avoid removing gold. Gently polish in a few brief circular motions to make your piece sparkle!

  • Do not use water or solutions to clean vermeil. We plate all our vermeil and gold plated pieces with an invisible nano-layer to prevent gold loss and tarnish.

Wearing Safely

Vermeil pieces can last a lifetime if considered and worn lovingly!

  • Before storing, wipe any excess dirt and oils off your piece with a soft dry cloth. Only use your apse mircofiber polishing cloth to clean occasionally. For frequent cleaning, use a soft cotton as the microfibers may overtime remove gold.

  • Always take your gold off before showering, working out, cleaning, and sleeping.

  • Store clean, dry gold in your Apse pouch or another vessel, away from dust and elements, preferably not touching other pieces as not to scratch.

 

Sterling Silver

Like pure gold, pure silver is soft, malleable and easily damaged. Thus it is combined with other metals to make it wearable and ready for everyday wear. Sterling silver is 92.5% silver and 7.5% copper. Timeless and elegant, sterling silver will be there for you through thick and thin, and maintenance is a breeze thanks to it being a precious metal right down to its core.

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Cleaning & Polishing

Sterling silver loves a little wash every once in a while!

  • Exposure to sunlight, heat, and humidity naturally cause sterling silver to tarnish. However wearing your piece often will keep it looking shiny, as the natural oils in your skin can help clean your silver!

    If you’d like to polish, do so just like you would gold!

  • Fill a small vessel with lukewarm water and add a small amount of mild, gentle dish soap.

  • Soak your gold piece in the soapy solution for about 20 minutes.

  • Use a soft toothbrush or cloth to clean the submerged gold.

  • Rinse well with lukewarm water and dry with a soft cloth. Leave the gold to air dry to ensure all the hard to reach places are dry.

  • If your gold includes a stone, do not soak. Simply dampen a soft cloth with dish soap solution and gently clean your gold. Rinse piece and dry.

  • Gently buff with your Apse polishing cloth in circular motions to make your piece sparkle!

Wearing & Storing Safely

  • Wipe silver with a soft cloth after wearing and before storing to prevent oxidation. Feel free to rinse it in lukewarm water and dry with a soft cloth if extra dirty

  • Showering with your silver on is okay, however make sure to take it off before swimming to avoid tarnish from minerals and chemicals in bodies of water and pools.

  • Store clean, dry silver in your Apse pouch or another vessel.

 

Oxidized Sterling Silver

Meet your easy-going, low maintenance, everyday best friend: oxidized sterling silver. It is sterling silver that has been treated to speed up tarnishing, giving it a dark, moody patina. It is perfectly imperfect. We encourage wearing it like a leather good; letting wear, change and tell a story as you journey along with it.

 

Cleaning & Polishing

Cleaning and polishing your oxidized sterling silver would actually be counterproductive, as the metal is based on the beauty of tarnish!

  • If you desire to give your piece a bit of shine, or if it is dirty, gently buff it with a soft cloth or a quick rinse.

  • Use caution when cleaning and polishing⁠—if too aggressive, the patina can fade!

Wearing & Storing Safely

Its pretty simple ;)

  • It is best to remove oxidized silver before showering, swimming, washing dishes etc. to preserve it’s dark color.

  • Store in your Apse pouch or another vessel to protect from dust and other elements.

We hope this helps you feel more confident in taking the best care and getting the most out of your apse pieces! Don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions or let us know if you need any care help!

Best,

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Hayley BoydComment