Gold-filled jewellery is jewellery composed of a solid layer of gold mechanically bonded to a base of either sterling silver or some base metal like brass and copper. The layer is typically 5% gold. I use 14/20k Gold Filled. Meaning 5% 14k gold on the outside.
Caring for gold-filled jewellery is not too much different from caring for other types of jewellery. Here are my top tips:
Avoid wearing your gold-filled jewellery in the ocean or swimming pools, as salt water and chlorine can cause damage.
Keep your gold-filled jewellery as dry as possible and away from pesky humidity! Please make sure you store it individually in an air-tight plastic bag as rubbing it against other jewellery can cause it to lose its sheen.
Avoid wearing your gold-filled jewellery when working out. Exposure to salt from sweat can cause your pieces to become dull.
Be mindful that perfume, hairspray and hand lotions may tarnish your gold-filled jewellery due to the harsh chemicals they contain.
Gently wipe your gold-filled piece with a jewellery polishing, non-scratch cloth every now and again to promote shine.