Plated Jewelry Care Tips
Thank you for visiting our page and considering our products. Below are tips to help prolong the life of your plated items.
Remember that these are items are PLATED. Anything plated will eventually turn with time and wear. I do not recommend any plated item to be worn on a daily basis. I do recommend:
-REMOVE AT NIGHT. do not sleep with plated jewelry, night sweat and the extra rubbing against the skin will cause the plating to wear off faster. some people might be allergic to the base metal (varies from item to item, manufacturer to manufacturer) and having an item on 24 hrs might cause an unwanted reaction. remove at night to avoid skin reactions and extend the lifecycle of your items
-STORE LIKE ITEMS TOGETHER. do not put away gold plating and silver plating together. the different metals will cause each other to tarnish, fade and/or turn colors. have different storage places for different colors of metals. best to store in a dry area. restroom is not an ideal place as the humidity thins the plating
-DO NOT CLEAN WITH CHEMICALS. plating is much more delicate than pure metals. clean often to keep shine and remove sweat and dirt that will cause items to fade. use a damp cloth (not dripping wet) a hand towel works well. wipe down gently, use a clean towel to dry. when cleaning chains hold by the clasp and do not tug at the chain or you run the risk of busting the clasp. on anything with stones wipe gently, do not rub. careful with corners or edges that can catch the towel and damage the item. do not use any chemicals to clean ANY plated item. chemicals will fade the plating. this is my most common problem with items fading.
Other suggestions to extend the life of your plated items:
-avoid swimming, sweating and high humidity
-silver plating will tarnish, just as .925 silver does. wipe clean with a damp cloth
-certain medications (blood pressure and diabetes that I've noticed) will cause plating to fade faster, this holds specially true for rose tone plating
-some people are allergic to the base metal and might brake out in a rash, which usually goes away after a day. if you know you are allergic to brass, bronze, copper or any other metal inquire about base metal before purchasing any plated jewelry
-certain people perspire stronger than others, this causes the plating to fade faster. I suggest using high grade plating or fine jewelry
-gold plating is not measured in karats! it is measured in mills, or mls. the larger the mls the better the plating. a micron plating is better plating than any number of mls. there is no 14k or 18k plating, unless you are referring to the color. a 1 micron plating could be orange in color while a 5mls plating could have a smooth 14k color
-gold plating color varies widely. I use it as close to 14k color as possible, but then again, fine 14k gold varies widely in color and there is no standard to go by; so there you go.