Gold plated silver jewellery is also known as vermeil and its appearance resembles gold jewellery. Vermeil jewellery has a sterling silver base with a coating of gold laid over the top.
It must be noted that the gold plating will fade over time. On a positive side, it will not tarnish like solid silver jewellery.
In order to retain the original color of the gold plated jewellery for longer, it should never be worn in swimming pools as chlorine can damage the top layer of the metal. It is worth mentioning, though, that any piece of jewellery should be removed while at a swimming pool, as chlorine damages any metals as well as precious and semi-precious stones.
In addition, the following is recommended while looking after gold-plated jewellery:
Avoid wearing your jewellery while cleaning, gardening or during sports activities;
Do not put your jewellery in contact with nail polish removers, perfume or hairspray;
Showering with gold plated jewelry can eventually cause the gold layer to wear off completely, therefore you should refrain from doing so;
Every time after use, clean your plated jewellery with a cotton ball or a very soft cloth to remove any dust and dirt it has acquired. Gently rubbing the surface of your gold plated jewellery using a soft jewellery cloth also helps restore the shine. If your jewellery needs more cleaning, you may clean it with warm, soapy water. Do not use a polishing cloth as this will strip away the plating.
Take good care of your beloved jewellery and it will bring you joy for longer.
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