Both gold-filled and silver-filled findings are made up of sheets of gold or silver that are bonded to a core of a base metal (usually brass or copper). You may experience a level of tarnish (darkening) more so with the silver-filled findings than the gold-filled. Perfumes, soaps and other contaminants can darken either metal. Gently wiping down jewelry after it is used is the easiest way to keep metals looking fresh. Storing in tarnish resistant cloth bags or clear plastic bags with tarnish strips keeps the pieces clean for the next use.
Ultrasonic cleaning and steam cleaning machines are professional cleaning systems for fine jewelry but caution should be used when cleaning beaded jewelry for the sake of cleaning the metal components. The beads could be porous stones which would be affected by the chemicals often used with ultrasonic cleaners and the steam of steam cleaners could adversely affect beads that might have glue associated with their makeup. Also, if beaded jewelry is strung on threads, silk, cotton or other natural fibers, wetting or immersing the entire strand might cause the threads to stretch, and the knots (if any) to weaken or have frayed ends.
- Sandra Lupo, Jewelry Designer and Instructor and Swarovski crystal Ambassador
Products sold by Fire Mountain Gems and Beads® are intended for experienced jewelry-makers and designer-artists; children 14 years of age or younger should use these products with adult direction.
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