What is Gold Plated Jewellery?
Gold plating is a process that involves covering a base metal with a thin layer of gold. The base metals can be silver, brass or copper.
Gold plating works by using an electrolytic process to deposit the gold onto the surface of your jewellery piece. This chemical reaction creates an electric current between two different metals (your base metal and pure 24k gold) which causes ions from one material to migrate into another material through an electrolyte solution such as water or acid. These ions create new compounds that are deposited onto your jewellery piece when they come into contact with it during this process called electroplating
Types of Gold Plated Jewellery
Gold plated sterling silver is the most common type of gold plated jewellery. This is then covered in a layer of real gold. The thickness of this layer varies but our jewellery has a minimum thickness of 1.5 microns.
Gold plated stainless steel is also quite popular because it has many of the same properties as silver but costs much less per gram than real gold does. This means that you can get more bang for your buck!
Gold plated stainless steel has similar properties as sterling silver but tends to be more durable because of the steel base.
Advantages of Gold Plated Jewellery
Gold plated jewellery is an affordable way to wear gold. It's a durable and elegant option, with the look of pure gold but at a fraction of the cost. The main advantage of gold plated jewellery is that it can be worn every day without worrying about damaging or losing it.
Caring for Gold Plated Jewellery
Storing Gold Plated Jewellery
Gold plated jewellery should be stored in a soft, padded pouch or box that allows air to circulate around it. The best way to store gold plated items is on their own and away from other pieces of jewellery. Each piece of jewellery at Plain Jaya comes with it's own storage pouch to help protect against damage.
Cleaning Gold Plated Jewellery
Use warm water with a very small amount of mild soap or detergent (dishwashing liquid) and a soft cloth, then rinse well with clear water after cleaning each piece individually so as not to mix any materials together! Do not use toothpaste as this can damage the plating on your item; instead use baking soda mixed with water as an alternative which will gently cleanse without damaging your piece's finish!
How to Repair Gold Plated Jewellery
- Identifying the problem:
- If your gold plated jewellery has lost its shine, it can be due to a number of reasons. The most common cause is oxidation and tarnishing of the metal base underneath your layer of gold. This happens when you wear your jewellery in water or expose it to chemicals like perfume or lotion. You may also notice that small scratches have appeared on your piece which will make it look duller than usual.
- Using a polishing cloth: If this is not a serious issue and only affects part of your piece (for example if there's some oxidation around one corner), then all you need do is rub over this area with a soft polishing cloth such as those used for cleaning glasses or spectacles frame frames (they're made out of microfibre). This will remove any dirt build-up without damaging any precious stones set into place within each piece - just make sure not too much pressure is applied!
How to Restore Gold Plated Jewellery
- Identifying the problem.
- Using a jewellery cleaning solution.
- Using a jewellery polishing solution.
- Using a jewellery sealant.
- Re-plating your gold plated jewellery with new gold, if necessary
Gold plated jewellery is a great option for those who want to have the look of gold without the heavy price tag. Gold plating is a process that coats an object with a thin layer of gold, which can easily be removed if you don't like it or want to change your style. The advantages of gold plating include:
- Durability - The coating on your piece will last much longer than any other type of metal would in its place, so you don't need to worry about it wearing off over time or getting damaged by everyday wear and tear (and sometimes even abuse).
- Style - Gold has been used as an adornment since ancient times because it looks beautiful when polished up nicely! You can choose from many different finishes depending on what kind of look you're going for--from matte finish alloys like brass or copper alloys that mimic antique pieces made centuries ago through modern styles featuring unique designs created specifically for today's market conditions."