Gold-plated jewelry is great because, if properly cared for, it looks exactly like the real thing (and at a fraction of the cost).
Typically consisting of a brass or silver base, gold-plated jewelry is merely coated with a layer of gold.
While gold-plated jewelry is more susceptible to tarnishing, taking proper care of your pieces can help elongate the jewelry's lifespan.
Read on for our list of tips and tricks to protecting your gold-plated jewelry from damage.
Words by Zakiya Anyanwu
- The natural oils that are present in your hands can damage gold-plated finishes; therefore, it's extremely important to wash and fully dry your hands before putting on your gold-plated jewelry.
- Sweat can also cause a tremendous amount of damage, so be sure to remove your jewelry before exercising (especially if it's hot yoga).
- Let any lotion you apply to your skin fully soak in before putting on your jewelry. Likewise, with perfume -- always put on gold-plated necklaces, specifically, after you have sprayed perfume.
- Avoid swimming in your gold-plated jewelry.
- Store your gold-plated jewelry away from your other jewelry. You can do this in either a jewelry pouch or by wrapping them in a soft cloth. (Pro tip: storing gold-plated jewelry with small pieces of chalkboard chalk will actually absorb the particles that could potentially cause tarnishing.)
- Remember to clean your gold-plated jewelry periodically! Gently wash with a mild soap in warm water and use a soft bristle toothbrush to reach any nooks and crannies. Don't rub too hard and carefully pat dry!