4 Tips to Keep Your Gold-Plated Jewelry Shiny and Tarnish-Free

Gold-plated jewelry is a popular and affordable alternative to solid gold jewelry.

Gold-plated jewelry is made by coating a base metal, usually brass, with a layer of gold through a process called electroplating. This creates a thin layer of gold that gives the jewelry its color and shine.

Gold-plated jewelry can be a great choice for those on a budget.

Maricel offers several gold-plated pieces such as the Medium Paperclip Necklace, the Double Bar Double CZ necklace, and the Disc Chain Toggle Necklace to name a few. 

With proper care and maintenance you can continue to wear your shiny gold-plated things for some time.

Here are four tips for taking care of your gold-plated jewelry and preventing tarnish:

1. Avoid exposing gold-plated jewelry to water:

One of the biggest threats to gold-plated jewelry is exposure to water. Water can cause the metal beneath the gold layer to oxidize, which can cause the gold plating to wear off. Even though you’d love to look like a bejeweled marine goddess as you step out of the water, avoid wearing your gold-plated jewelry in the shower, pool, or ocean.

2. Avoid exposing gold-plated jewelry to chemicals:

Chemicals such as perfumes, lotions, and cleaning products can damage gold-plated jewelry. Your jewelry does not want to be moisturized nor is it longing to smell like Tom Ford’s latest scent.  To prevent damage, avoid exposing your jewelry to these substances, and apply them before putting on your jewelry.

3. Clean your gold-plated jewelry regularly:

To keep your gold-plated jewelry looking its best, clean it regularly with a soft, dry cloth. It takes less than 30 seconds to wipe your jewelry with a soft, cloth.  Don’t be lazy!  Avoid using harsh chemicals or water, as this can damage the jewelry. Instead, use a gentle cleaning solution designed specifically for gold-plated jewelry or a gentle soap with some warm water. 

4. Store your gold-plated jewelry properly:

To prevent scratches and other damage, store your gold-plated jewelry in a dry, cool place. Avoid storing it with other jewelry that may scratch or damage it. Don’t just throw it in your jewelry box with your other pieces! If you’ve purchased from us, you can store your jewelry in the small black included with your pieces. 

In conclusion, gold-plated jewelry is a great option for those of us on a budget who still want the look of gold.

To prevent tarnish and enjoy your gold-plated jewelry for longer, avoid exposure to water and chemicals, store it properly, and clean it regularly. By following these tips, you can enjoy your gold-plated jewelry for years to come.

What tips have you used in the past to keep your gold-plated beauties looking shiny and new?  Please share in the comments section, we all want to know what has worked and what hasn't.  

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