How do I care for my Oxidized Silver or 14K Gold Vermeil pieces?
Both oxidized silver and 14K gold vermeil pieces have undergone a special surface treatment and they must be handled differently that regular silver or gold. Never use any abrasive methods to clean these pieces, (including jewelry cloths!) as these will remove the surface treatment all together. The best way to care for these pieces is to rub them gently with a soft cloth (cotton jersey is great) lengthwise in one direction. If they remain dull or have residue on them you can first soak them in warm soapy water and gently go over the area with your fingers and then pat dry thoroughly (never rub).
Over time with frequent wear, the surface treatment will wear and take on a patina which some people love, as it gives a unique character to each piece. However any piece can easily and affordably be brought back to its original look by re-doing the surface treatment process.
If you have any questions or are interested in having this process re-done feel free to us!