A simple guide to caring for your jewelry

We all have that one piece that is part of our everyday wear. That piece we never take off and, when we do, we feel incomplete without. For some, it’s a simple silver chain, a pair of pearl earrings or a vintage ring passed down through generations. For me, it’s my gold meandering ring. I bought the meandering ring only three months ago but it’s already become one of my favorite pieces. It adds a nice statement to any outfit without feeling overly done or clunky.

With all bias aside, I love the quality of all Fresh Tangerine pieces. I have really sensitive skin and have to be extra careful about what comes into contact with it—whether it’s face cream, perfume or jewelry—so when I find a piece that works for me, I commit. In the three months since I bought my meandering ring, I’ve only taken it off to shower or wash my hands, and I’m always impressed with how much it retains its shine. But even more, I’m always relieved that there are no weird bumps or green outlines on my skin. Our jewelry is made with either 14k gold fill or sterling silver, meaning it’s hypoallergenic, lead-free and nickel-free and, not to mention, perfect for those of us who worry about our skin reacting in gross and uncomfortable ways.

Finding Fresh Tangerine has been a blessing, to say the least, so I want to make sure my jewelry lasts as long as possible. I’m guessing a lot of readers are in the same boat, so I’m here to share a few simple tips on how to care for your favorite Fresh Tangerine pieces.

Fresh Tangerine Jewelry Care

Metal hates moisture. We recommend taking off all jewelry before hopping in the shower and storing your pieces in an airtight bag when not in use. Your Fresh Tangerine earrings, bracelets and necklaces are always packaged in a jewelry box while your rings come in a cloth pouch for easy storage.

14k gold fill jewelry does not tarnish because its outer surface is made from solid gold, which is then filled with metals from the platinum family. Unlike gold plated jewelry’s miniscule layer of solid gold, gold fill pieces are regulated by the government and must be at least 1/20th by weight of the total product.

Sterling silver jewelry will tarnish over time. When oxygen and sulfur come in contact with silver, they chemically bond to the silver, or oxidize, causing the silver to appear darker than normal. Luckily, there’s an easy fix to getting rid of that tarnish!

To bring your gold fill and sterling silver jewelry to its original shine, clean each piece with an ammonia- and phosphate-free mild soap and warm water in a small bowl. Then, rinse off the soap on your jewelry with cold water and use a soft cloth to dry your jewelry piece. Voila! Your piece will look as good as new and ready to wear again.

Here's a printable guide with information on our materials, who can wear them and how to keep your pieces looking like new.

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