WHAT IS GOLD-PLATE?
Gold-plating is a very thin layer of gold deposited on to a base metal such as copper, brass, or nickel. These jewelry pieces are less durable and generally less valuable than gold and gold-filled jewelry pieces. The downside of gold-plating is that the plating that covers your jewelry will inevitably wear away, where gold will withstand the test of time. Consumers can expect it to wear off in a short time period, perhaps a few months of everyday wear.
STORING GOLD-PLATED JEWELRY
Properly storing your jewelry will help maximize how long the gold-plated layer lasts. Here are some storage tips:
• Store individual pieces separately.
• Store each piece in an airtight bag.
• Place in an area with low humidity.
• Keep clasps/closures unhooked.
WEARING GOLD-PLATED JEWELRY
Wearing your gold-plated jewelry regularly without caring for it will accelerate the depletion of the plating. You should remove your gold-plated jewelry before doing any of the following:
• Using household cleaning supplies
• Cooking with mustard, onions, eggs, or any other foods that contain sulfur
• Spraying Hairspray
• Putting on Lotion and Makeup
CARING FOR GOLD-PLATED JEWELRY
Keep gold-plated jewelry away from hard surfaces. Bumps and scratches will cause the gold layer to wear away faster. Store your gold-plated jewelry in a velvet lined jewelry box, or wrap it in a soft material that will prevent scratches. Lightly wipe your gold-plated jewelry with a damp cotton cloth. This will help to eliminate any dirt or dust from accumulating on the surface and wearing away the gold layer. Use a non-abrasive jewelry polishing cloth and gently rub the gold-plated jewelry to restore shine. You can also take the gold-plated jewelry to a local jeweler where they can replace the gold layer. This may be necessary if the gold-plating has already started to wear off. Check with your local jeweler to see what they charge for this service.
Hope Design Ltd. utilizes a variety of high-quality metals and gemstones in our designs. But, that doesn’t mean our jewelry is everlasting when it comes to everyday wear and tear.
Because we know how special your pieces are to you, we recommend you remove them before showering, sleeping, swimming in the pool or ocean, and exercising. We also recommend you clean them with a soft cloth before storing them.
Exposing your jewelry to water, chemicals, and extreme heat will cause the metal to tarnish. We you aren't wearing your jewelry, we suggest you store it in a velvet bag or wrapped in a soft fabric.
Please click on the materials below for a more in-depth explanation of the proper care and cleaning of your jewelry type.