HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR PLATED JEWELLERY
So much care goes into picking your jewellery piece, so it only makes sense that you put some time into understanding how to best love your piece so it lasts longer. This care guide will help you maintain your jewellery to ensure its longevity.
14k and 18k gold electroplated jewellery is strong and durable when coated well. Plating is a process where a layer of gold is placed on or dipped in to coat the surface of another metal. Having sterling silver as a base metal allows our jewellery to have a sturdier exterior thereby offering you more innovative and intricate designs with a beautiful finish.
Loving your gold-plated pieces is easy, but keeping them long lasting takes a little TLC. Here are our tips on preventing tarnishing and cleaning your gold-plated jewellery
How To Prevent Gold Plated Jewellery From Tarnishing
As Mabijou items are not solid gold, extra care needs be taken to diminish tarnishing and prolong the longevity of your beloved pieces. Here are some easy ways on keeping the lustre of your gold-plated jewellery:
Always spritz before you accessorise with your gold-plated jewellery, in fact any jewellery. Perfume and body sprays often contain chemicals sprays tend to stick to the faceted surfaces of metals dulling their shine and tarnishing the layers of gold on your piece. As some of the most beautiful, natural gems in the world, opals and pearls are best not exposed to fragrances, which can cause them to darken, yes even your cubic zirconia’s! Instead, apply perfume before putting jewellery on, this gives the products time to settle into the skin. The golden rule when it comes to jewellery is “last on, first off;” your jewels should be the last thing you put on before leaving the house, and the first thing you take off before beginning your night-time beauty routine.
As we transition from the winter months into sunny seasons, it’s only natural to want to slather on thick lotions and moisturising creams. While hydration is important, creams often leave behind a residue that can discolour your jewellery, yes this even applies to solid gold and silver! When exposed to moisture, these precious metals tend to tarnish, so try to only put them on clean, dry skin.
Most of us wash our hands without considering how water, soap and other products such as chlorine can affect the jewellery we’re wearing. Did you know that soap adds a film to your cubic zirconia’s and therefore dulls the sparkle? Water can have an impact, too. All of this considered, it’s advisable to remove jewellery before washing your face, going for a swim and avoiding excessive sweating in your pieces, but find a safe space for your pieces to avoid losing or forgetting you’ve taken it off!
How To Clean Rose Gold And Yellow Gold-Plated Jewellery
When it comes to cleaning plated jewellery, gentle is key. After each use, clean gently by rubbing the surface of you plated jewellery with a cotton ball or a very soft cloth (such as a cloth designed to clean glasses or camera lenses) to remove any dust and dirt. Our Classic Jewellery comes in a Micro-Fibre Pouch in which when needed, you can use the flap of the pouch to gently wipe down your jewellery. Otherwise, *We Sell Polishing Clothes. Do not use a solid gold polishing cloth as this may strip away the plating.
How To Store Gold Plated Jewellery
Aside from removing your jewellery and polishing it, there are a few ways you can make sure your jewels withstand the test of time keep on looking shining and new. This is all in the way you store your jewellery.
Storing them separately and in a dry area is a great start. Different metals may react and cause each other to tarnish, fade or change colours. Keep your gold and silver jewellery separate by having different storage spaces for different colours of metals.
Now, to minimize scratches and avoid exposure to chemicals, store your piece in your Mabijou pouch or in a separate compartment in your jewellery box. Even lights can cause them to oxidise, so best to:
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Now that you’ve read how to clean your gold-plated jewellery, you’ll be able to keep your favourite Mabijou jewels looking pristine for years to come!