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JEWELRY MAINTENANCE

 
 

jewlery cleaning

How should I take care of my jewelry?

To delay the natural process of oxidizing, we advise you to keep your jewelry in a closed box or a soft pouch, and away from perfumes and water. Remove it when swimming, exercising and  sleeping. Spray perfume first before putting on jewelry to avoid chemically staining the metal. Although it is natural to want to wear your jewelry you love 24/7, it will accelerate the discoloration.  HG Official uses 18k or 14K goldplated and sterling silver .

Sterling silver is an alloy of silver which will naturally oxidate after a while, being exposed to air and the natural oil level of the skin. We advise you to polish your jewellery once a month with a microfiber cloth.

Why should I clean my jewelry?

Clean your jewelry carefully with a microfiber cloth or chamois (think eyeglass cloth or something similar); this helps maintain or bring back its shine. If necessary, you can use a mild washing up liquid with warm water and then rinse with clean water and pat dry with a soft cloth.

 

Avoid using ‘dip’ polish or abrasive jewelry cleaners as these contain harsh chemicals and can destroy your jewelry over time. We do not recommend the use of any jewelry polishing cloths which have been treated with cleaners or polishing agents.

 

In short, you do not need fancy or expensive products.  A simple microfiber cloth is all you need to maintaining your jewelry.  Really!

What can erode or dull my jewelry?

Do not swim or shower while wearing gold-plated or silver jewelry, and remove rings when washing your hands. Chlorine, salt water and fresh water can damage precious metals and gemstones by dulling or eroding them. Gold and silver are particularly susceptible to damage from chlorine, which can permanently damage or discolour them. Soapy water when bathing and showering can also leave a thin film, which makes the metal seem dull.

 

Some stones can also be quite porous (such as turquoise and lapis lazuli), which is why you shouldn’t leave these kinds of stones immersed in water for too long. Liquids and oils can seep into the gems through the tiny cracks between the crystals, causing permanent discolouration and damage. In addition, porous gems should not be worn to a beach or other hot, extreme environments.

Gold Vermeil VS Gold Plated

In short, the difference between the materials come down to two things: material and thickness.

 

Gold vermeil (pronounced ver-may) has to have a base of Sterling Silver (92.5% Silver) or  99.9% Silver (Fine Silver) and have a gold layer of at least 2.5 microns thick. It also goes through a different plating process which is known as ‘electrolysis’.  It must meet these standards in terms of metal purity and thickness in order to be considered real Gold Vermeil.

 

Gold Plated can be 14 or 18k gold layers on either a brass or another material.  They are also usually around 2 microns thick.

 

While Gold Vermeil is more ideal, it is also more expensive.  We have made the decision to gold plate our jewelry in a way that maintains quality and luxury while ensuring an affordable price point.

Moissanite VS Diamond

Moissanite has a hardness of 9.25 on the Mohs Scale while Diamonds are a 10.  

 

Moissanite reflect light differently.  Since they are lab created, they more “perfectly” made and has a refractive index of 2.65 while Diamond is a 2.42.  Basically means Moissanite bends more light than a Diamond.

Because it bends a lot more light, it as a lot more sparkle resulting in a higher dispersion too.  As well as having a “white sparkle”, it will also reflect more “color” too, giving it a “fiery” look.

 

In short, for a diamond to have a similar sparkle to a Moissanite, it would have to a lot more expensive which is why many choose a Moissanite Diamond over a natural Diamond.

Moissanite can only be detected with a Moissanite tester.  A Diamond tester will not distinguish if it is Moissanite or not. It will only be able to distinguish whether or not it is truly a diamond. It calculates this based off of the heat temperature and other properties it tests.  A Diamond tester will not be able to tell you what kind of stone it is only that it is not Diamond.

 

From the naked eye, it very difficult to tell the difference between Moissanite and Diamond unless you look at it very closely and study it.  Your coworkers or Aunt will not be able to tell from a casual glance. To demonstrate this, we have included a video below of both.

Moissanite is on the left and Diamond is on the right.  Can you spot the difference?

Moissanite vs Diamond visual comparison

Moissanite
Diamond

Can you tell which one it is without it being labeled?

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