How to Care for Gold-Plated Sterling Silver Jewelry

Jewelry made from gold-plated sterling silver is not only trendy, it is also part of a modern lifestyle. In addition to the latest fashion, a successful outfit definitely includes beautiful gold-plated silver jewelry. But what exactly does gold-plated mean and what is gold-plated sterling silver made of? In addition to these questions, special attention must be paid to the correct cleaning of the gold-plated sterling silver jewelry.

1. What is gold-plated sterling silver jewelry made of?

Gold-plated or gold-plated jewelry refers to jewelry that is covered with a thin layer of gold. The surface consists either of a gold alloy or of fine gold. The unit of measurement carat is used for the uniform specification of the fineness of gold. For example, 24 carats correspond to 999 fine gold and 8 carats to 333 gold. The basic material of the gold-plated jewelry usually consists of high quality sterling silver or cheaper brass. The color of the alloys varies depending on the composition. In addition to the well-known yellow gold alloy, white, rose and red gold tones are also possible. The thickness of gold plating is given in microns, with one micron corresponding to 1/1000 millimeter.

2. Why do gold-plated sterling silver jewelry pieces tarnish sometimes?

Since gold-plated jewelry made of sterling silver basically has all the properties of the underlying basic material, typical changes occur after a while. Chemical reactions with pollutants or gases in the air can cause the gold-plated sterling silver jewelry to tarnish. In order to increase the durability of the jewelry, it is therefore important to pay particular attention to proper care.

3. The cleasing of gold-plated sterling silver

A soft cotton cloth is best for dry cleaning the gold-plated silver jewelry. This makes it easy to clean and polish the gems at the same time. Alternatively, wet cleaning in the form of a lukewarm soapy water bath is suitable. After the bath, it is sufficient to rinse the jewelry with clear water and then carefully rub dry with a soft cloth or a silver polishing cloth. Small parts such as ear plugs or rings can be gently swiveled for a few minutes in a small, sealable vessel filled with soapy water for cleaning. In order not to damage the jewelry during cleaning, there are a few things to consider. No rough cloths or soiled micro-fiber cloths may be used for dry rubbing or polishing. Do not use gold or silver cleaning products, polishes, toothpaste or aggressive cleaning agents for cleaning. In general, a professional jeweler is best suited for professional cleaning.

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