Have you ever bought a new piece of jewellery only to find that it becomes discolored after you start wearing it regularly? We have too, which is why we reached out to one of our favourite celebrity-beloved jewellery designers, Jennifer Zeuner, to help us get to the bottom of the irksome issue. According to Zeuner, vermeil jewellery, which is sterling silver dipped in gold, succumbs to discoloration more easily than 14k jewellery when it’s exposed to elements. There are three main things that can cause the finish to discolor, even on high-quality vermeil jewellery like Zeuner’s. Just what are these things you may ask? Scroll down to find out!
“Contact with sweat, ocean water, and perfume can cause the finish to discolor. I often recommend for our customers to remove vermeil jewellery before exercising and swimming, and to avoid spraying perfume directly on the jewellery. In addition, some people's skin pH is extremely acidic, and this may cause the jewellery to turn colours as well. Some people, myself included, never take their vermeil jewellery off and it looks perfect even after continuous wear.” –Jennifer Zeuner
Jennifer Zeuner 14k Gold Vermeil Collar Necklace with Draped Chain ($265)
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