Shine Bright: Our Ultimate Guide to Caring for Gold-Plated Jewellery

Shine Bright: Our Ultimate Guide to Caring for Gold-Plated Jewellery

At Rebellious Grace, we carry a wide range of quality in store including plated jewellery. Our mission is to provide you with exquisite pieces that not only dazzle but also stands the test of time. Today, we're excited to share our expert insights on how to care for gold-plated jewellery, ensuring that your cherished pieces continue to glisten like new. Let's dive into the world of gold-plated treasures and discover the secrets to keeping them radiant.

Understanding Gold-Plated Jewellery

Gold-plated jewellery, as the name suggests, consists of a base metal coated with a layer of gold. This process enhances the aesthetics and durability of the piece while maintaining affordability. Gold-plated items can be a budget-friendly way to enjoy the luxury of gold. 

The Dos and Don'ts of Gold-Plated Jewellery Care

  • DO: Handle with care when wearing gold-plated jewellery, remember that it is still a delicate layer of gold over another metal. To maintain its shine, avoid exposing your pieces to harsh impacts or heavy friction.
  • DON’T: Wear in water. This includes; chlorinated pool water, saltwater, and even excessive sweat, all of which can accelerate the wear and tear of gold-plated jewellery. It's advisable to remove your pieces before swimming or engaging in strenuous physical activities.
  • DO: Store separately to prevent scratching and tarnishing, store your gold-plated jewellery separately in a lined jewellery box or pouch. This extra care ensures that your pieces do not come into contact with other jewellery items.
  • DON’T: Apply perfume or lotions directly onto the jewellery, cosmetics may contain chemicals that can dull the gold plating. To preserve its shine, apply these products before putting on your gold-plated jewellery and allow them to dry completely.
  • DO: Clean gently using a soft, lint-free cloth to gently clean your gold-plated jewellery after wearing. This will remove any surface dirt and oils, keeping your pieces looking their best. For a deeper clean, dampen the cloth with a mixture of warm water and mild dish soap.
  • DON’T: Use harsh chemicals like bleach, ammonia, or vinegar as they can damage the gold plating AND the base metal. Avoid using abrasive materials or harsh cleaning solutions, as they may strip away the gold layer.
  • DO: Replate when necessary over time, gold-plated jewellery may show signs of wear, such as a faded or uneven appearance. If your pieces lose their lustre, consider having them professionally replated by a trusted jeweler to restore their original shine. At Rebellious Grace we offer a re-plating service for any of your well-loved pieces. 
  • DON’T: Overwear gold-plated jewellery can be delicate, and wearing it daily may lead to faster wear and tear. Rotate your jewellery pieces to extend their lifespan and keep them looking their best.

We take pride in offering you the finest gold-plated jewellery, and we want to ensure that your investment continues to shine brilliantly. By following our expert tips on caring for gold-plated jewellery, you can enjoy the beauty and luxury of gold without breaking the bank. Remember, jewellery care is an act of love and attention, and with the right knowledge, you can extend the life of your cherished pieces. 

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