Vermeil is a French word, meaning ‘silver-gilt’. Commonly used to make high quality jewellery, vermeil is a mixture of precious metals, including silver and gold, which was first developed in France halfway through the 18th century. Luxurious and elegant, vermeil jewellery and table ware is highly prized, and the White House even has its own Vermeil Room.
Because vermeil contains a mixture of precious metals and is often finely wrought, it’s important to know how to take care of it. Looking after your beautiful vermeil jewellery will ensure that it keeps its lustre and remains dazzling for many years to come.
Cleaning Vermeil Jewellery
You should never rub an item made from vermeil. This is because gold is a soft material which can easily wear away. Instead, invest in some tarnishing squares, which work simply by being stored in the same place as your jewellery.
If you do find that you need to clean your vermeil, it’s best to use a soft, dry, 100% cotton cloth. Always remember never to use chemicals on your vermeil jewellery, as this will damage the gold.
Storing Your Beautiful Jewellery
Despite not being able to polish your vermeil pieces, you shouldn’t worry about them being broken. Vermeil is surprisingly durable, which is why it’s often used instead of regular gold plating. Still, you should always make sure you store your vermeil jewellery properly, as dust, cosmetics, aerosols and other pollutants can all dull the brilliance of a beautiful piece. As with all jewellery, taking care of your vermeil will ensure that you can wear with pride for many years to come.