Cleaning Your Jewelry

General Care

All jewelry, even solid gold, can be damaged by salt water, chlorine, heavy detergents and cleaning agents. To maintain the beauty of your jewelry please remove your pieces before it comes into contact with these substances.

14k Gold Filled

Gold filled jewelry should only need to be cleaned occasionally. All the gold content is on the surface of your piece and since gold doesn’t tarnish, neither does gold filled. Regular wear on the body will naturally cause an accumulation of grease and grime though that will dull its shine.

For regular cleaning, simply wipe your piece with the soft polishing cloth included in your order.  If you know it’s been exposed to skin/hair products or sweat, rinse your piece with warm water and pat dry thoroughly.  You can use mild hand soap and a soft toothbrush to give it an extra scrub.

If your jewelry needs a deeper clean we highly recommend using a treated polishing cloth by Brilliant that removes dirt and grime. Don’t worry – you won’t polish off the gold! That only happens with gold plated jewelry.

Sterling Silver

Happily, the more you wear your silver jewelry the less you have to clean it! While people have different body chemistries, in general, the oil from your skin acts to protect silver from tarnishing. That said, sterling silver will still tarnish over time so it’s likely that you’ll have to clean your silver at least every few months in order to keep your pieces looking shiny bright.

Use a treated polish cloth for regular cleaning and this cleaning solution for fast and easy deeper cleaning.


Pearls are durable but soft so please take care when cleaning your piece.  Clean regularly by wiping each pearl with a slightly dampened soft cloth.  Every fifth wear or so, clean more thoroughly using mild soapy water.  Soap should not contain fragrance or color additives.  Wipe the pearls with a wet soft cloth.  Follow up by wiping off any soapy residue with a clean cloth.