Here at Local Eclectic we sell all types of jewelry, including pieces that are gold plated and gold filled. We love gold plated and gold filled styles because they give the look of solid gold for a whole lot less. So what's the difference between them? Gold-plated jewelry has a layer of gold over sterling silver, so when that layer wears down, the base metal is revealed. Gold-filled jewelry, on the other hand, mixes gold with sterling silver, permanently bonding the metals together.
A little bit of special care is required in order to preserve the gold plating on your as long as possible. Here are our four favorite tips to keep your gold plated jewelry looking their best:
1. After showering, using lotion, or any other body product, wait until your product is completely dry before slipping on your gold-plated accessories. Some products can have a negative reaction with gold-plating and can cause changes in color or texture.
2. Always apply perfume before putting on your jewelry. Perfume chemicals can react with the metal and cause a change in the appearance, so you don’t want to spray it directly on your pieces!
3. Don't sleep, shower or do the dishes in your gold-plated jewelry.
4. When traveling or not wearing your accessories, make sure to store them in a jewelry case or wrapped up in a soft cloth to prevent scratching.