Krishnan Borthwick <email@example.com>
Wed, 2 Aug, 11:50 (19 hours ago)
I have been googling about this and it seems like it could be chemical damage. It could also be something in your or someone's hands when it's been handled. It's hard for me to say since they have been in your possession. If that earring is from us (I'm still unsure it doesn't look quite right to me) they are 100% the same production method. The ones we sell are Sterling Silver with 18k gold vermeil.
We sell quite a high volume of gold vermeil, we sell to more than 50 stores and what I see with your item is very unusual, please see below some of the information I found below;
Dust, pollution, perfumes, and cosmetics can affect the surface of your pieces
Exposure to chemicals: Household cleaning products, cosmetics, and even natural body oils can cause gold vermeil to darken
liquid materials in the air, sweat, lotion, and perfume, etc.
Your gold vermeil and silver jewellery should be kept in a dark, cool and dry place
exposure to water, boiling water, and soap can affect the gold layer over time, causing it to wear away or change color
pure water does not affect the gold, but the soap, other chemicals and the minerals present in the water affect the gold
Other substances like chlorine can cause permanent damage on the surface of gold vermeil pieces.
Remove jewellery when washing your hands, showering, or swimming because water and chemicals
Your skin, oils and sweat can affect the durability of a piece
factors such as regular wear, exposure to sweat, lotions, perfumes, and other chemicals can accelerate the tarnishing process.
jewelry is exposed to water or high humidity, the outer gold layer may react with the moisture and other substances present, leading to tarnishing and a loss of its original shine.
Avoiding contact with chemicals: Lotions, perfumes, and other cosmetics often contain substances that can react with the outer gold layer, leading to tarnishing or discoloration over time. Removing your 18k gold vermeil jewelry before applying these products prevents such reactions and helps maintain its original appearance.