Gold Vermeil is a thin layer of gold over sterling silver. Gold Vermeil typically does not tarnish quickly, unless it’s worn in the pool, shower, ocean, hot tub, hot springs, etc, as the water may have extra tarnishing elements and chemicals. To keep your jewelry looking new we also recommend storing it in a dry place and not wearing it while working out, as humidity and perspiration can tarnish your jewelry faster. We recommend that you be careful when applying lotion, sunscreen, oil and hairspray and avoid putting it on areas that your gold vermeil jewelry will touch. The ingredients in these products may cause a reaction with the metal causing it to fade or change color. It is also important to remember that everyone’s natural skin chemistry is different and can cause the metal to wear differently.