Earrings by Cara Tonkin The Paillette Large Stud Earrings are a lovely everyday earring for a timeless look. They are made of sterling silver with a gold vermeil finish and measure 16mm in diameter. Features Primary Material : sterling silver Other Materials : gold vermeil Fitting Type : Post Dimensions (mm) : 16x16 One of a Kind : No Hallmarked : No Wire Material : silver Cleaning InstructionsWHAT IS GOLD VERMEIL?Gold vermeil is a layer of gold over sterling silver, and requires a little care and attention. Always remove your gold vermeil jewellery when applying scent, lotions and potions, or even better, always put your jewellery on last when getting dressed.HOW DO I CARE FOR MY PLATED JEWELLERY?Never wear your gold vermeil jewellery in the shower or when swimming. Chlorine, especially at high temperatures, can permanently damage or discolour your gold vermeil jewellery.Gently clean your gold vermeil jewellery with a soft polishing cloth. Alernatively you can clean vermeil by using a lukewarm soapy mixture and a soft cloth. The soap you use should be a non oily, mild dishwashing liquid. Do not use the ones with oxides in them or is an anti-bacterial . After washing with the soft cloth and soapy water, you should rinse the piece and use another soft cloth to dry and polish it. Do not use a polishing agent, abrasive compounds or have gold vermeil jewellery machine polished as these processes will wear away at the layer of gold.As with all fine things in life, you should take care to protect your jewellery and always store in a jewellery box, taking care not to drop, or scratch.