Vermeil is different from regular ‘gold plated jewellery’ as to be considered as ‘true vermeil’ it has to comply with US standards: the base metal must be pure silver or sterling silver and the gold plating needs to be at least 2.5 microns thick (thick in industry standards), and at least 10k or higher.
The jewellery is made of high-quality sterling silver with a thick 14k or 18k gold overlay (Vermeil) and contains no nickel.
Flash's Vermeil jewellery is made to be lived in and worn every day. But to prolong the life of your jewellery, they do suggest the following..
+ Protect items from water, humidity, steam and chemicals.
+ Tarnishing & discolouration is caused by the oxidisation process which occurs when metal is in contact with air and acids through handling & moisture.
+ Take your jewellery off prior to exercise, showering, washing your hands and swimming. Saltwater is the enemy.
+ Avoid contact with cosmetics, hair products and perfume.
+ Store your jewellery in the box provided and in a cool dry place out of direct sunlight.
+ Clean vermeil items with a soft cloth & never use silver polish or metal cleaners. Sterling silver jewellery is best cleaned with a professional product, follow the manufacturer instructions carefully.
+ Look after gemstones these are delicate and may chip.
+ Gently wipe pearls with a soft cloth to remove body oils or dirt before storing and keep away from objects that may scratch the surface.
All metals will naturally soften, fade and oxidise with time and will require maintenance.