How to Keep Plated Jewelry from Tarnishing and Fading
Plated jewelry has to be taken care of if you are to maintain the luster and brightness of the gold or silver. The following is a care regime for how to keep gold plated from tarnishing and fading.
How to Take Care of Your Plated Jewelry
1. The plated jewelry you wear must not be sprayed with perfume or any other sprays. Perform this task before putting on the jewelry so that the chemicals contained in the perfume or spray would not contaminate the metal of the jewelry.
2. The gold plated necklace, ring or bracelet must only be put on after the cream or lotion you have applied has been absorbed by your skin or has dried.
3. Tarnishing of the plated or metal jewelry can be easily caused because of reaction taking place with materials like perfume, oil, nail polish, chlorine and nail polish remover. Sweat can cause this problem too, therefore it is necessary to remove such jewelry items when swimming or exercising.
4. Remove any dirt or dust that might have stuck to the jewelry after every use by cleaning it with a soft cloth or a cotton ball. You can restore the shine to the gold-plated jewelry as well by rubbing its surface with a soft jewelry cloth.
5. Don’t make use of antibacterial soaps or jewelry cleaners for cleaning your gold-plated jewelry as chemicals present in them might tarnish it quickly.
6. Keep your gold plated jewelry in a separate jewelry box or place it in a soft cloth after cleaning to avoid any blemishes.
7. Watch a video to learn how to keep gold plated from tarnishing:
TYPES OF CARE
1. CARING FOR RHODIUM PLATED SILVER
Clean rhodium plated silver with warm water and a mild liquid soap (like ivory dish-washing soap). Rinse and dry with a soft polishing cloth immediately to avoid mineral residue from the water.
- Never use any chemicals on your rhodium items.
- Never use toothpaste and never brush with a toothbrush.
- Don't use polishing cloths that are intended for use on uncoated silver or for gold jewelry.
- Don't place in an ultrasonic cleaner.
- Never use abrasives of any kind.
- Never use silver dips.
- Never use ammonia-based products.
2. CARING FOR GOLD VERMEIL
Vermeil simply means gold plating over sterling silver. Sterling silver beads can be gold plated. It is a good way to incorporate the look of gold at a fraction of the cost, especially for beads. You can clean gold vermeil by washing the jewelry in warm soapy water. Use lukewarm water (not hot as it can crack some stones) and a couple drops of non-film leaving dish soap (not antibacterial). Use a soft toothbrush to get into tight places. Rinse and dry with a soft polishing cloth immediately to avoid mineral residue from the water.
3. CARING FOR GOLD PLATING
Keep gold-plated jewelry away from hard surfaces. Bumps and scratches will cause the gold layer to wear away faster. Store your gold-plated jewelry in a velvet lined jewelry box, or wrap it in a soft material that will prevent scratches. Lightly wipe your gold-plated jewelry with a damp cotton cloth. This will help to eliminate any dirt or dust from accumulating on the surface and wearing away the gold layer. Use a non-abrasive jewelry polishing cloth and gently rub the gold-plated jewelry to restore shine. You can also take the gold-plated jewelry to a local jeweler where they can replace the gold layer. This may be necessary if the gold-plating has already started to wear off. Check with your local jeweler to see what they charge for this service.
4. CARING FOR GOLD FILLING
Wipe your jewelry carefully with a soft cloth to keep it clean. The best way to clean in places that a polishing cloth will not reach to take a small bowl that will hold about a quart of water and line it with aluminum foil. Add hot water and a tablespoon of Tide washing powder (not liquid or with bleach) and stir. Place your jewelry in the solution for about 1 minute and rinse with clean water and air dry. If you have a build-up of dirt in hard to reach places, just put a little dish washing liquid in a bowl of water and soak overnight.