I work with gold-plated jewellery findings and materials.
Gold-plated jewellery is composed of a base metal such as brass, copper, or stainless steel, and covered through a plating process with a thin layer of gold. The result looks similar to pure gold pieces, but the pieces are far more affordable and obtainable. The downside is that the gold plating does eventually begin to rub off and reveal the base material after enough wear and use. I usually call this discolouring or tarnishing.
However, there are certainly ways you can keep your jewellery's colour, shine and lustre if you are willing to put in the extra time and effort!
Here are a few tips:
- Avoid contact with water - take your jewellery off when you shower, swim, or find any other way to submerge yourself in water.
- Do not spray perfume or deodorant directly onto areas where your jewellery is worn.
- Store your jewellery properly: the best ways to store your treasures are in a wooden box, a plastic box, or a pouch made of soft fabric. Another tip is to throw in one of those little silica bags that come in shoe boxes and whatnot, as this helps balance the chemicals (or something like that) and keep your jewellery's lustre. Try and keep your jewellery separate, in their own individual pouches. This will keep it shiny as can be!
- Invest in a soft cloth. Regularly buffing your jewellery with a soft, non-abrasive, and lint-free cloth or chamois will help keep the shine and delay tarnishing.