Gold has always been a symbol of quality and abundance. It has been the colour of choice for centuries and it is once again becoming increasingly popular, particularly amongst fashionistas, to complement their assortment of outfits.
Gold plated jewellery differs from solid gold jewellery and is more affordable and therefore more accessible for many. It is a metal coated with a thin layer of gold. This is what often gives it a shiny, vibrant finish which is very pleasing to the eye.
Here are some tips to help you look after your gold-plated jewellery.
Store your gold-plated jewellery separate from your other jewellery, in a velvet box or wrapped in a soft cloth. Keep it away from hard surfaces to prevent scratches.
Gold-plated jewellery is not intended to be worn all the time. Put it on last when you are getting ready to go out and take it off first when you get back after a night out.
Keep your gold-plated jewellery away from any harsh or strong chemicals, such as perfumes (only spray before you put your jewellery on), hairspray, soap and detergent.
Let your creams or body lotion be full absorbed into your skin before wearing your gold-plated jewellery.
Take your gold-plated jewellery off before you shower, bath, swim or exercise
Keep your gold-plated jewellery away from jewellery cleaners and anti-bacterial soaps.
Instead, very gently wipe your gold-plated jewellery now and again with a soft, very slightly dampened cotton cloth to get rid of any dirt or dust on it and to prevent any building up.
Gently polish or pat your gold-plated jewellery with a soft, non-abrasive jewellery cloth to keep it looking shiny and vibrant.
Take your gold-plated jewellery to a local jeweller to get it re-plated with another layer of gold when you see it begin to wear away.
Gold-plated jewellery is versatile and comes in a variety of designs, making it a great choice for your jewellery collection; especially for that unexpected party or event.
By Pamela Sommers
Pamela is a London jewellery specialist and founder of SommerSparkle, an award-winning online boutique filled with beautiful jewellery & accessories to 'add a touch of sparkle to your life.'
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