Gold plated jewelry is a very light layer of gold - 0.05% actual gold or less - on top of a base metal (usually brass or copper). The thin layer of gold is plated onto the base metal to create gold plated jewelry. It is also prone to tarnishing when exposed to any kinds of liquids or chemicals.
Caring for Gold Plated Jewelry
Gently rub your gold-plated jewelry with a soft cloth to restore its shine. After every use, clean your jewelry with a cotton ball or very soft cloth to remove dust and dirt. Plated pieces can be prone to oxidation, so we recommend removing before you swim, shower, or apply lotion, makeup, or perfume. To minimize scratches, store your pieces in a separate compartment in your jewelry box.
Gold-filled is constructed in two or three layers. The core metal is jewelers’ brass. A gold alloy is then bonded to one or both surfaces of the brass core with heat and pressure. Unlike plated (aka electroplated or "dipped") metals, Gold-filled is legally required to contain 5% or 1/20 gold by weight. This 5% is then described by the karatage of the gold alloy. Our Gold-filled items are 14K-18K gold-filled.
Caring for Gold Filled Jewelry
Clean your gold filled jewelry regularly using warm water to wash and a soft cloth to pat dry. Never rub it after washing as this can cause discoloring. Avoid wearing your gold filled jewelry in the ocean or swimming pools, as the salt water and chlorine can cause damage.