Gold Filled Material/Jewelry Care

About Gold Filled Material

14k/18K gold-fill is a great alternative to solid gold jewelry. It is a pressure bonded layer of gold that has 100x more gold than plated and does not tarnish as easily. These characteristics make it a beautiful, durable, and economical alternative to solid gold, that will last years if cared for properly.

The Yellow Gold will not tarnish if cared for properly. Although we do NOT recommend it you could wear them in the shower, bath, swimming pool, or ocean. The Sterling Silver will tarnish naturally with the acids in your skin, wearing them in chlorinated water will expedite the oxidation.

Gold-filled jewelry supplies are legally required to be 5% or 1/20 gold by weight. This 5% is described by the karatage of the gold alloy on the surface. Most material is 12kt or 14kt gold-filled. It is most accurately labeled with the karatage, the "/" symbol, and then 20 to reflect this construction. Products are identified as 14/20 or 12/20 Gold-Filled; alternatively, 14kt or 12kt Gold-Filled are also acceptable as long as it's described in the entire phrase. Quality stamps are abbreviated to 14/20 GF or 12/20 GF. 

Is gold-filled the same as gold plated?

No. The plating does not compose any measurable proportion of the product's total weight. It is estimated to be 0.05% or less of the metal product. Gold plating can wear off quickly and expose the brass base product. It does not stand up to heat, water or wear over time. By comparison, gold-filled contains 5% gold by weigh. All the gold is on the surface which offers product protection from tarnish and wear.  

Can gold-filled tarnish?

In some cases, yes it can, but it is rare. Gold-filled jewelry supplies are a lifetime product because the gold layer bonded to the brass core is quite thick.Gold-filled usually just requires light surface cleaning with an untreated cloth or mild soapy water like Dawn. Please store your fashion Jewelry in a dry place. Gemstone Jewelry and beaded Gemstone Jewelry needs little to no maintenance if taken care properly. 

Jewelry Care Instructions 

Due to the delicate nature of each POSHMIRA jewelry piece, we highly recommend to extend the life of your Jewelry please avoid showering, swimming, heavy duty workouts, applying lotions and sprays while wearing your PM Jewelry. Water, sweat, and sprays/perfumes can cause silver to tarnish quickly. If your necklace gets wet, it will not ruin it, but drying it as soon as possible is very helpful. When you are not wearing it, store it in a cool/dry place (not shower) take care of it and it will last for many years to come.

Gold-filled Jewelry can be cleaned, but you should only need to occasionally. It rarely tarnishes in fact it tarnishes only if in touch with cremes, lotions, perfumes or chemicals. Mild soapy water and a child’s soft toothbrush with a drop of a mild detergent (i,E, DAWN) is the perfect combination for cleaning gold-filled  jewelry.  Our bodies perspire, which can cause build up on jewelry. Gently rub the jewelry with a soft, dry tissue to remove debris. The detergent can remove residue or fingerprints from the item, and still leave it  shiny and bright when it’s done. Be sure the toothbrush is soft or it may scratch your piece! Soft cloth – using a clean, soft cotton cloth is an ideal way to dry and polish your gold-filled pieces. A soft cloth will not scratch the item.