What’s the material?
We offer two options: Gold Plated and Gold Filled. Each piece’s materials are noted in its website description. If shopping in-store, each piece should be tagged or carded to show the metal type. Here’s how you can weigh the difference between gold plated and gold filled:
Gold plated styles are an affordable substitute to gold filled designs. With a base metal of brass, these pieces are dipped into gold, which deposits a thin layer of gold onto the piece. They are then electroplated to prolong the life of your piece.
How do I care for gold plated?
Gold plated pieces share the same shine with their gold filled siblings, but like all gold plated pieces, these styles come with the potential for discoloration over time due to skin acidity, sweat, exposure to oils, etc. This style cannot be polished, and use of polishes can cause these pieces to lose their shine. The lifespan of your gold plated items can be prolonged if removed before any activities involving water, excessive sweat, or perfumes/lotions. Wiping the piece with a dry, jewelry-safe cloth (microfiber is great!) is also an excellent way to make sure your jewelry lives up to its potential. Please remember, skin oils are unique to each person and can react differently to certain metals and plating, so while you may be able to wear your gold plated piece for years, your friend may struggle to keep her gold plated piece shiny for a shorter period of time. For those that struggle with gold plated pieces, we highly recommend gold filled.
Gold filled is a great choice for those not willing to sacrifice their poolside accessories. Each gold filled piece is made by bonding the gold to the metal underneath (for us that is brass or sterling silver). Gold filled pieces can stand up to regular encounters with water, perfumes and oils. While the piece may darken over time, they will not turn to reveal another color underneath.
How do I care for Gold Filled?
Gold filled is pretty low maintenance. We still recommend wiping your gold filled pieces down with a jewelry-safe cloth and keeping them away from harsh chemicals, sweat, oils, perfume, etc. when possible.
Are your pieces hypoallergenic?
Our pieces are Nickel Free! With Nickel being one of the main causes of allergic reaction, our pieces are safe for the majority of wearers. For those that have to wear real gold to prevent reactions but want to try a cheaper alternative, we recommend trying gold filled over gold plated. With the way the gold is bonded, it is less likely for your skin to react to the metal underneath. While we offer nickel free designs, due to the uniqueness of each person’s biology, Kinsey Designs is not responsible for reactions to the skin.
Regardless of which style you choose, each piece needs an ideal place to call home. We recommend storing your jewelry in the pouches/boxes that they ship in, or any airtight bag. Store each piece individually to avoid scratching.
If the need to clean your jewelry arises, we recommend using a solution of warm water and detergent-free soap on a soft-bristle brush. Finish up by drying with a jewelry safe-cloth. We do NOT recommend any type of jewelry polishes.