i love that you have made the investment of a {dani keith designs} original, here are some basic care instructions so your pieces last a very long time:

14k gold fill:
gold filled jewelry is cared for in the same manner as other precious jewelry. the absolutely best thing you can do for your gold filled jewelry is to clean regularly using a little bit of warm water, and a soft cloth to dry and shine after. many chemicals marketed for cleaning jewelry are actually somewhat abrasive or corrosive and can cause some damage or color alteration to your jewelry. the best way to avoid this is to keep it simple. warm water and a soft cloth are the best thing you can do to maintain the beauty of your jewelry.

*what is gold filled? If you love the look and feel of gold jewelry, gold filled is a fabulous alternative to purchasing solid gold. with a thick layer of gold against your skin, it is a joy both visually and in price. 

gold filled jewelry is the latest introduction to the gold jewelry market. gold prices have gone up, making the purchase of solid gold jewelry a very costly investment. gold-filled offers an economical alternative while giving little up in quality. cared for properly, gold filled jewelry lasts beautifully. 

gold filled jewelry is created by applying gold over a base metal such as sterling silver. to be called gold filled, the gold content must be at least 1/20th the weight of the total piece. this is what stands gold filled apart from gold plated. there is not a minimum gold quantity required in order to be termed gold plated. 

fine silver:

all silver will tarnish over time, but it will happen much faster when it comes into contact with agents such as skin creams, perfume, salty air, hairspray, chlorine and acidic skin ph. The amount of oxidation (tarnish) that occurs is dependent on the skin and care habits of the wearer. fine silver is slower to tarnish as it is 99.9% silver. 

dry silver is happy silver

interesting fact: pure water by itself doesn't damage sterling silver, but most of the water we're exposed to in our daily lives is not purified. chemicals and contaminants in the water can result in tarnished and dull looking silver, so it's best to know what's what when it comes to water. 

  • shower. it's not a great idea to shower with your jewelry on, but once in a while isn't going to do any lasting damage. Just make sure to dry it after.

  • swimming pool. take your silver off. chlorine is a pretty harsh chemical, so if you accidentally forget to remove your silver jewelry before hopping in, make sure to rinse and clean it afterward. 

  • hot tub. same idea as the swimming pool, but there's, even more, chlorine in the hot tub and the heat can accelerate the chemical reaction. 

it is optimal to remove jewelry at the following times: 

  • household chores, such as dishes, laundry, and when using cleaning supplies

  • when exercising, at the gym, or playing contact sports

  • when showering or bathing 

  • very hot places (such as when lying out at the beach or pool)

  • when getting ready (i.e: putting on lotion, makeup, hair products)

  • preparing, cooking, or eating foods that contain sulfur (this includes eggs and mayonnaise). 

  • outside chores or tasks, such as

    gardening 

preventative care is ALWAYS easier than aftercare!