How can I take care of my jewelry?
For gold-filled chains, you are able to wear the jewelry in the shower and in the pool (it's water safe), however, avoid any harsh chemicals, lotions, or soaps, perfumes or water coming in contact with the button itself as these could shorten the life of it due to it's delicate nature. When not wearing the jewelry, please store the jewelry in the box or bag it comes with and put it in a dry and dark area. Do not keep the jewelry out and exposed.
For gold-plated jewelry in the repurposed designer collection, it is best to avoid wearing the jewelry in the shower or the pool. Avoid getting the jewelry wet and avoid any exposure with harsh chemicals, lotions, or soaps. The designer pendants are gold-plated so they require more care in order to prolong the life. When they are not in use, store them in the box or bag it comes with and put it away in a dry and dark area. Do not keep the jewelry out and exposed.
Nomad'r Lifestyle Company is not responsible for the maintenance of your jewelry.
I have sensitive skin, will the jewelry turn my skin green?
Everybody's skin type and science is different. 14k gold filled is typically safe for sensitive skin, however, it would be unfair to say that it will be safe for everyone as there will always be a caveat. If you have extremely sensitive skin, avoid any gold plated products as well.
How can I clean my jewelry?
In order to clean your jewelry, a warm water soak with detergent-free soap should work well. If it is quite dirty, you can also gently brush it with the bristles of a toothbrush.
Nomad'r Lifestyle Company typically works in 14K-18K gold-filled or Sterling Silver, however, on occasion, gold plated pieces may be incorporated.
What are the different types of Gold?
GOLD FILLED - This consists of a layer of genuine solid gold mechanically bonded to a base metal (example: brass). This mechanical bond allows for the layer of gold to last for many years instead of tarnishing. Contains at least 5 microns of gold, which means it is 100x the gold content than traditional gold plated jewelry. Gold filled jewelry is great for those with sensitive skin, as the layer of gold is so thick that it is hypoallergenic and resistant to tarnish if taken care of properly. It is the closest to solid gold.
GOLD PLATED - Gold plated jewels are the most affordable in the market. They typically only contain less than 0.05 microns of gold. It is electroplated on, which is a very quick process which means the jewelry will be very prone to tarnishing and the layer of gold will wear away quickly. It is not ideal for sensitive skin.
SOLID GOLD - Solid gold jewelry comes in different karats. 24k, 18k, 14k, etc. Each karat amount stands for the amount of alloys mixed in with pure gold. 24k karat gold is the most pure gold with no alloys mixed in, however, this means that the gold is far too soft and cannot be used for jewelry. 18k gold is 75% pure gold, and 25% other alloys mixed in to make the jewelry more durable for every day wear - it is done by dividing 18/24 to achieve 75%. 14k gold is the best solid gold for everyday wear as it is very durable and will last you forever. It is the most ethical and sustainable in that you will not fall into an endless cycle of purchasing jewelry that will tarnish - and your jewels will last you a lifetime and more!
GOLD VERMEIL - Gold vermeil is known for using sterling silver as the base metal. It contains 2.5 microns of gold electroplated onto a sterling silver base. It is okay for sensitive skin, however, it is still not as ideal as gold filled or solid gold.
Jewelry Care + Guide Tips
STAINLESS STEEL JEWELRY:
For some of our repurposed designer jewelry pieces we use stainless steel as it’s a hypo-allergenic material. Stainless steel is durable and resists corrosion and oxidation. Our jewelry will not rust, tarnish, or turn your skin green, even if worn daily. It’s a great choice for all those who have sensitive skin to certain metals.
Like many other metals, stainless steel can get scratched and lose it's luster, therefore becoming dull. However, restoring it is easy to do and can be done right at home.
The simplest way to clean your stainless-steel jewelry is with a bit of soap and water when it's dull and dirty. This helps clean off any pollutants and grime on your jewelry. Remember to use a mild liquid soup and warm water. You can also use baking soda or toothpaste, but remember to avoid harsh chemicals. Bleach and chlorine can damage the surface of stainless steel, therefore, we recommend you to remove your jewelry before swimming in chlorinated pools.
GOLD PLATED JEWELRY:
For an item to be considered gold plated, it goes through a process that involves bonding a layer of gold to a base metal using an electric current.
After every use, clean your plated jewelry with a cotton ball or a very soft cloth to remove any dust and dirt. Gently rubbing the surface of your gold plated jewelry using a soft jewelry cloth, helps restore shine. Do *not* use a polishing cloth as this will strip away the plating.
18K GOLD FILLED JEWELRY:
Rather than bonding the gold to the base metal via electric current like in gold plating, gold filled jewelry is created by sandwiching the base metal in between a layer of gold which is then bonded together using heat & pressure. This means the layer of gold is thicker, 100x more gold than gold plated. This is the closest option to solid gold.
Gold Filled will last longer, its’s hypoallergenic and non-tarnishable. One of the most noticeable advantages of gold filled jewelry products is their durability. They don't wear out quickly, don't tarnish and don't peel or flake off with time. If gold filled jewelry is properly care it could last several decades.