General Care Instructions
Plated jewelry, as the name suggests, has a thin layer of precious metal (ie silver, gold, rhodium, platinum) over a base or inexpensive metal (ie zinc alloy, brass, stainless steel). The layer of precious metal is usually between 0.175 to 0.5 microns (in comparison, a dollar bill is 200 microns).
Since the precious metal layer is very thin, friction between your skin and the plated jewelry can slowly rub off the plating. Also, exposure to water, sweat, soap, perfume and other chemicals can cause the plating to fade.
To take care of plated jewelry, you should:
- Avoid getting the jewelry wet with water, soap, perfume, lotion and other chemicals. If the jewelry does get wet, wipe it immediately with a soft cloth.
- Avoid getting the jewelry wet with your sweat. Remove the jewelry when you are going to engage in some strenuous physical activity.
- Remove the plated jewelry when you sleep at night to reduce contact with bare skin.
- Store the jewelry in a dry place. Also, it is best to store the plated jewelry separate from other plated jewelry (either you keep them in individual plastic pouches or separate them in the jewelry box). Do not store or keep several plated jewelry in a single bin. Several plated jewelry in a single bin will rub or scratch against each other and will cause the plating to fade faster.
Jewelry-Specific Care Instructions
Necklace specific Instructions
There are 2 parts in the necklace - the pendant and the chain. To take care of the pendant, avoid getting the pendant in contact with bare skin. This can easily be done by placing the pendant at least on a 24-inch chain. With a 24-inch chain, the pendant will most likely hang low on a wearer's bodice and not touch skin. When you order from our website, please read the product description since we indicate the length of the chain in the product description. Also, our website provides you with options to change the length and/or material of the necklace chain (may require additional cost). The screenshot below shows you where you can choose to upgrade to a stainless steel chain.
Since the chain is in constant contact with your bare skin, the chain will be the first component to fade. For silver colored necklaces (ie silver-plated or rhodium-plated), you have an option to get a stainless steel chain. Stainless steel is silver in color, hypoallergenic and will not fade. Learn more about stainless steel here <link to stainless steel info>. For gold-colored necklaces, you can replace the gold-plated chain with a brass chain. Brass will not fade. Brass is like silver, it slowly darkens over time. Like silver, brass can be cleaned like new by polishing it with a brass metal polisher and a soft cloth.
For bracelets with bracelet chains, you have the option of replacing silver colored bracelet chains (ie silver-plated or rhodium-plated) with stainless steel chains from our website. Stainless steel is silver in color, hypoallergenic and will not fade.
Make sure that the ring that you purchased is not too tight on your finger. If the ring is too tight, there will be increased friction between the ring and your finger and this will make the plating fade faster.