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Solid gold jewelry is a luxury available to few due to its high cost. Luckily, if you love the look of gold, but your budget prevents you from splurging, there is a good alternative: gold plating. It is relatively inexpensive, and it is difficult to tell the difference between the two when the gold plating is properly cared for.

Keep Gold Plated Jewelry from Tarnishing

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If you are using gold plated jewelry, you need to give it a little bit of extra care to keep the luster and brightness. Those few extra minutes will make sure that your gold plated jewelry looks real all the time.

You can take care of your gold plated jewelry by doing the following:

  • Remove gold plated jewelry before swimming or exercising – Your sweat creates a chemical reaction to gold plated jewelry just like perfume, chlorine, and nail polish. Make sure to remove your jewelry before swimming or exercising so your jewelry will not become tarnished or blemished.
  • Put on gold plated jewelry after cosmetics have been absorbed – Wait a minute or two to put on your jewelry so you can be sure that your cream or liquid makeup has dried completely. Personal care products such as lotion or cosmetics can blemish your jewelry if they come in contact with it while wet.
  • Do not spray perfume on gold plated jewelry – If you use perfume or cologne on a regular basis, spray it on your body before you put on your gold plated jewelry. Perfume and other sprays may contaminate the metal of the jewelry, making it looked blemished or stained.
  • Clean your gold plated jewelry To clean your gold plated jewelry, mix a few drops of mild dishwashing detergent with warm water. Rinse your gold plated jewelry in the solution and allow it to air dry.
  • Buff gold plated jewelry with a microfiber cloth After washing and drying your gold plated jewelry, buff it with a soft microfiber cloth. Over time, oil can make the gold flake off, but buffing can help minimize oils.
  • Keep gold plated jewelry in a plastic bag When not using your gold plated jewelry, put it in a plastic bag, remove the excess air by squeezing it, and seal it. The lack of oxygen in the bag will help keep the gold plated jewelry bright and shiny. Put only one piece of jewelry per plastic bag to avoid scratching.

Wearing high-quality gold plated jewelry is almost as good as wearing the real thing. Its luster and shine can dress up any ensemble, and its price tag is unbeatable. You can invest in several sets of gold plated jewelry for only a fraction of the price of one piece of solid gold jewelry. To keep your gold plated jewelry bright and unblemished, remember to follow the simple steps outlined above. Keep gold plated jewelry in a cool, dry place, away from humidity to maintain its brightness and shine. By doing this, you can have beautiful, vibrant jewelry for years to come.

 

Gold plated pieces of jewelry are a great alternative for real gold jewels. Aside from its affordability, it also comes in a variety of styles and designs. If you are worried that it may wear off. Follow these simple steps such as removing your gold plated jewel before swimming or exercising, put on after cosmetics are absorbed, do not spray while wearing it, clean it regularly, polish it with a microfiber cloth and keep them in a plastic bag.

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