A Complete Guide to Gold Plated Jewellery

Many women simply love the look and feel of the precious gold metal but due to budget constraints can’t afford to buy all kinds of gold jewellery. So the solution that is present for them is to go for gold-plated jewellery. Owning a gold plated trinket also means that you need to take care of it properly in order to maintain the shine of the pieces for a long time.

If you reach out for your jewellery box after a long time, you will see that sometimes the gold plated ornaments covered with a black film or it has got slightly dull. So, you must be thinking are there any ways that can help you to get the luster forever.

How Is Gold Plated Ornaments Made?

It is usually made by fusing gold over any kind of metals like silver or brass or copper. Basically, a thin layer of one metal is applied over another metal by applying a direct electric current. As a thin layer of gold is applied to the items, it can wear off easily.

In case, your gold plated jewellery starts to get tarnishes then it is very important to take care of them properly.

Tarnish is basically described as a chemical reaction that happens when the metal is exposed to oxygen and sulfur.

  • The tarnish can further increase if it gets exposed to water or any chemicals like skin lotions, perfumes, hairspray, etc. So, it’s better to avoid these chemicals while wearing gold plated ornaments. You must always apply lotions and chemicals from beforehand.
  • One of the simplest steps that can prevent the gold plated from tarnishing is to use dishwashing detergent. Taking warm water and add a bit of mild dishwashing detergent in it. Then soaking the jewellery in it and letting it dry in the open air.
  • By using a soft white cloth for wiping off the sweat or else it can mar the glistening effect of the jewellery.
  • By keeping no-tarnish strips along with the gold plated jewellery pieces can help to prevent the jewellery from getting tarnished.
  • Making use of cardstock or acid-free paper can also help to keep the gold plated from tarnishing.

The best thing that one can do is to take the gold-plated jewellery to a shop and re-plate it again to get back the shine. Of course, that is not always possible. Therefore, try out the techniques given above to restore the shine.