Since mechanical wear is the main factor leading to plating deterioration, taking care of gold plated jewelry is simple. Keep it protected from mechanical wear and in a soft container, where there’s nothing to rub against it and damage the plated coating.
In the event the plating does wear, re-plating is fast and inexpensive — many jewelers offer it as a service. It’s not uncommon even for people with solid gold or silver jewelry to ask for plating. Rhodium plating on silver, for example, is a very desirable way to add “sparkle” and prevent tarnish of existing silver pieces, and owners of solid gold jewelry often ask for plating in order to change the color of the piece or improve the finish.
If you take good care of gold or silver plated jewelry, it can last a long time. But there’s no need to worry. If something does happen, re-plating is probably offered by your local jeweler.
Can I Swim or Shower with my genuine 925 Sterling silver Jewelry?
High-quality plated Sterling silver generally holds up well in wet conditions. Showers are absolutely fine, but we warn you to take care of chlorine pools - harsh chemicals may decrease the longevity of your necklace. Hot Tubs have even more chlorine, so should be avoided, please take your necklace off before getting in - or treat it well afterwards to a good clean. Salt water and the ocean is no main factor leading to plating deterioration, just not recommended for a long lifespan. No worries if you forget - just try rinse and dry it off with some clean water after.
Clean your sterling silver jewelry with a soft 100% cotton (nub free) cloth or flannel cloth and gently rub off any excess makeup. Remember, silver is a very soft metal and you can scratch it if you aren't careful so don't rub it too briskly. Never use anything but a clean 100% cotton or a special sterling silver cleaning cloth (a popular choice is Sunshine Polishing Cloth) or very soft bristle brush, like a baby’s tooth brush. Dirt left over from previous cleanings can scratch the surface as well.
Note: We recommend that you don’t use silver dips for removing oxidation from your silver jewelry as it will leave microscopic pits causing it to darken faster. Instead, focus on preventative care by storing your jewelry in a closed box or plastic baggy as silver will tarnish when exposed to air.