We wanted to share some of our tips for keeping your *K E A N I* Jewelry shiny and bright as long as possible!
We now offer polish cloths for purchase and we want to help you to know how to best use them. Simply use the polish cloth to gently wipe your jewelry on all sides. You'll see the oxidation immediately on the cloth (black in color), which is the sign that you're successfully cleaning the piece. Feel free to keep using your polish cloth until it's almost entirely covered in oxidation, front and back. Here's how we recommend caring for the specific types of metal that we sell.
14K HEAVY GOLD PLATED & GOLD FILLED:
We strive to use the highest quality, longest-lasting materials for high end fashion jewelry. All "Heavy Gold Plated" pieces are plated at up to 150 micro inches of 14K Yellow or 14K Rose Gold over Bronze, which is 3x higher than industry standards. Handmade pieces and chains are made with 14k Gold Filled and Rose Gold Filled metals. Gold filled metal is also gold plated base metal, despite the name, but is bonded or plated using different methods. Both gold filled and gold plated metal are vulnerable to the gold wearing down or wearing off over time, so it's best to wear these pieces with caution. Use your polish cloth more sparingly on these pieces--it can easily begin to wear off the gold with excessive use or pressure. Also, polish cloths should be used with gold-dipped shells.
All of our silver pieces are made from Sterling Silver, which is made from the industry standard of 92.5% silver paired with 7.5% other metals. Silver oxidizes over time with exposure to air, so it requires more polishing or cleaning to maintain a bright finish; however, it will last a lifetime. Feel free to use your polish cloth liberally with silver and supplement your silver polishing with another method like this:
Baking Soda: To remove built-up tarnish from your silver, make a thick paste with 1/4 cup baking soda and 2 tablespoons water. Apply with a damp sponge or toothbrush and gently rub, rinse, and buff dry. Note: Do not use this technique with jewelry containing pearls, as it could damage their finish or loosen any glue.
Mahalo for your *K E A N I* Jewelry purchases and we hope this information helps keep you and your jewelry looking great for years to come!
Keani Le'a Barnes