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Why Does My Jewelry Tarnish? IS IT ME?

Researchers have varying thoughts about why jewelry can tarnish.  Maybe it is you! 1.) Research shows individual body chemistry might play a big part in how fast (and frequently) your jewelry becomes tarnished. Your pH balance may differ from your neighbor’s depending on a range of factors. What you eat, the medicines you take, how much you perspire, the way our body processes food, consumes beverages, the type of supplements we take and even the pollutants in the air all determine our pH balance. Unfortunately, it’s not an exact science, but hormonal and pH related differences can contribute to why some people’s jewelry tarnishes faster than others. 2.) Your beauty routine can play a role in tarnishing jewelry. Lotions, hair sprays, cosmetics and...

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What is Gold Vermeil?

Vermeil (pronounced ver-may) is a gold plating technique that adds thicker layers of gold (at least 2.5 microns) to a strong base metal. Many cost conscious shoppers opt for gold plated or vermeil jewelry instead of pieces with higher concentrations of gold. Using a process called electroplating, gold or gold alloys can be added to a stronger base metal (like brass, copper, or sterling silver). Jewelry made with thin layers of this outer gold coating are sold as gold plated, while thicker layers (a min of 2.5 microns) are called vermeil. Vermeil jewelry is considered higher end than gold plated jewelry, is more durable.  If you are into jewelry that looks like gold (notice that I don’t say gold jewelry here),...

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