Vermeil Jewellery

1. What is vermeil?


Pronounced “ver-may”. Gold vermeil is at least 10K gold (we use 18K gold) that is a minimum of 2.5 microns thick (we use 3 microns), and layered over sterling silver. These are strict standards that must be met in order for jewellery to be called vermeil. Our vermeil is made from premium recycled gold and recycled sterling silver. 

Gold plated jewellery on the other hand contains a thin layer of gold over another base metal. There is no thickness requirement for the plating and no standard for what the base metal is. That is why some gold plated jewellery fade really quickly as it has not been layered with enough gold.

2. Myths about vermeil


MYTH 1:  Tarnish is a sign of poor quality.


Because vermeil’s base metal is sterling silver and sterling silver contains copper, over time your piece may show spots of discoloration. It’s due to the copper content. This isn’t an indication of poor quality and a natural occurrence with the metal. The sign of good quality vermeil jewellery is that it can be cleaned and doesn’t stay discoloured. We suggest using our anti-tarnish cleaning cloths to easily clean your jewellery.

If you own any solid gold jewellery, you may notice that over time even solid gold pieces will darken and it’s because of the same reason. Solid gold 14K or 18K jewellery is also mixed with sterling silver and copper since pure 24K gold is too soft to be used for jewellery. We recommended caring and cleaning for vermeil and solid gold pieces the same way as shown below.


MYTH 2:  Vermeil jewellery can't get wet.


As with all jewellery, solid gold or vermeil, it’s recommended that it does not come in contact with chemicals. Most places where you would get your jewellery wet contain chemicals. For example, pools may have chlorine, in the shower- shampoos and conditioners have chemicals. That’s why there's a simplified recommendation to not get your jewellery wet.

The reality is good quality vermeil can get wet with water. Just dry it off and follow the care guide that comes with your pieces. In fact we recommend deep cleaning it in soapy water every so often which you can read more about below.


3. How to clean vermeil jewellery


REGULAR CLEANING

Wear your pieces often and gently wipe them with a soft cloth in between wear. We suggest using our Cleaning Cloth.
  • On a regular basis, gently wipe your jewellery with the cloth. It is safe to use on all metals, pearls and gemstones. 
  • The cloth is reusable.
  • We don’t recommend washing them.



DEEP CLEANING YOUR JEWELRY

Cleaning your jewellery is a ritual that keeps your jewellery sparkling. If you’re using our cleaning cloth on a regular basis, we recommend this deep clean every 3-6 months.

What you need:
  • Bowl
  • Regular dish soap
  • Lukewarm water
  • Microfibre soft towel
  • Soft bristled toothbrush

Instructions:
  1. Mix 1-2 drops of dish soap with lukewarm water in a bowl. Whisk until bubbly.
  2. Soak your jewellery for 5-10 minutes.
  3. Use a soft bristle brush to gently clean the hard to reach areas on your pieces (like in between the gemstone settings and chains). We like to reuse an old clean toothbrush as the bristles are usually soft. 
  4. Rinse your jewellery in a separate bowl of clean water (no soap). 
  5. Pat dry your jewellery with a microfibre cloth. We like microfibre because it’s soft and absorbent but you can use any soft cloth.
  6. Use our cleaning cloth duo to shine and polish your pieces (make sure they are dry). See instructions above under regular cleaning.