HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR NOELANI HAWAII JEWELRY
We asked our Jewelry Designer, Noelani, and our Jewelry Production Specialist, Rebecca, to explain the different types of metals used in our crystals talismans + how to care for them.
How should silver jewelry be stored?
Rebecca: When you’re not wearing your silver jewelry, you want to put it in a little plastic baggie, especially if you are living in a humid area near the ocean as they tend to tarnish a bit more. We will be including a small plastic storage baggy in all of our silver orders.
Why do like using 14k Gold Fill in your jewelry designs?
Noe: I want our clients to be able to live, play, and be active in our jewelry designs. What I love about using 14k gold fill is that I can wear my jewelry in the ocean, I can wear it in the shower, I can wear it to bed, and it will only tarnish slightly as compared to silver or even compared to 14k gold plated.
"Due to our detailed and intricate designs, the strength of the 14k gold fill really steps up to meet our need. What’s great about 14k gold fill is that it is a very high quality, durable metal and it is more accessible for the majority of our clients who want to beautify themselves with our jewelry."
Why do use 14k gold fill as opposed to 14k gold plated or solid gold?
Noe: When I first started designing, I was only using sterling silver. However, I quickly realized that I preferred the look of gold on my darker skin. Once I made the switch to gold, I actually discovered that I was sensitive and highly allergic to lower quality metals, which is how I found 14k Gold Fill. The benefit of gold fill is that what’s always touching your skin is actually 14k gold. This is because gold fill contains a thick, solid layer of real 14k gold on the outside of a brass core. So again, what’s always touching your skin is the 14k gold. Gold plated, on the other hand, contains only a very thin layer of 14k gold on the outside, and its core can be made from a variety of different base metals as opposed to high quality brass. Solid 14k gold is more expensive and is actually a softer metal, which means its harder to work with. Due to our detailed and intricate designs, the strength of the 14k gold fill really steps up to meet our need. What’s great about 14k gold fill is that it is a very high quality, durable metal and it is more accessible for the majority of our clients who want to beautify themselves with our jewelry.
How does 14k gold fill differ from silver in terms of jewelry care?
Noe: The best way I find to take care of 14k Gold Fill is to get an old toothbrush and a little bit of baking soda and some lemon oil (I love to use doTERRA's Lemon Oil). Place a little of the lemon oil and baking soda on the toothbrush, then gently scrub the chain or the wire of the gold fill. You’ll notice your jewelry will start to get shiny as the oil and soda removes any dirt or debris that have attached themselves onto the metal
P.S. Please feel free to email us at any time for an inquiries you might have! :) But please not, if the option for sterling silver isn't available in the dropdown menu for the product you’re looking at, unfortunately that is one of the styles that we can’t convert to silver.