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Caring for Your Gold Plated Jewelry: Tips and Tricks

Caring for Your Gold Plated Jewelry: Tips and Tricks

Gold plated jewelry is a popular choice for those who love the look of gold but are looking for a more affordable alternative. While gold plated pieces can be just as beautiful as solid gold, they require special care to maintain their shine and prevent wear. Here are some tips for keeping your gold plated jewelry looking its best:

  1. Keep It Dry: Water, especially chlorinated or saltwater, can cause the gold plating to tarnish or erode. Remove your gold plated jewelry before showering, swimming, or doing dishes.

  2. Avoid Chemicals: Perfumes, lotions, and cleaning products can react with the gold plating, leading to discoloration. Apply your cosmetics before putting on your jewelry, and remove your pieces when cleaning.

  3. Store Properly: When not in use, store your gold plated jewelry in a dry, cool place. Use a soft jewelry pouch or a lined jewelry box to prevent scratches and reduce exposure to air, which can cause tarnishing.

  4. Clean Gently: To clean your gold plated jewelry, use a soft, damp cloth to gently wipe the surface. Avoid using harsh chemicals or abrasive materials, as they can damage the plating. For tougher dirt, you can use a mild soap with warm water, but be sure to rinse thoroughly and dry completely.

  5. Handle with Care: Gold plating can be delicate, so handle your jewelry with care. Avoid bending or dropping your pieces, as this can cause the plating to crack or chip.

  6. Limit Exposure: Remove your gold plated jewelry when doing activities that can cause wear, such as exercising or heavy lifting. Sweat and friction can wear down the plating over time.

  7. Replate if Necessary: Over time, the gold plating may wear off, revealing the base metal underneath. If this happens, you can take your jewelry to a professional to have it replated, restoring its original appearance.

By following these simple care tips, you can extend the life of your gold plated jewelry and keep it looking beautiful for years to come.

 

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