Gold plated, or fashion jewelry, looks just like the real thing but at a fraction of the cost! With proper care, you can maintain that beauty for a long time. Typically consisting of a brass or silver base, gold plated jewelry is coated with layers of real gold. This type of 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 protect your gold plated jewelry from damage.
Words by Zakiya Anyanwu
1. 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 your jewelry on.
2. Remove your jewelry before exercising - sweat can really damage the plating.
3. Let any lotion you apply fully soak in before putting on your jewelry. Likewise, with perfume. Spritz and let it soak in before putting on necklaces.
4. Do not swim in your gold plated jewelry, chlorine and sea water can corrode the plating.
5. Store your gold plated jewelry in either a jewelry pouch or soft cloth. (Pro tip: storing gold-plated jewelry with small pieces of chalk will absorb particles that can cause tarnishing.)
6. 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 fully dry with a cloth.