How to Keep Your Gold-Plated Jewelry Shining Bright and Tarnish-Free

How to Keep Your Gold-Plated Jewelry Shining Bright and Tarnish-Free - Shemisli Jewels

At Shemisli Jewels, we understand the desire to keep your gold-plated jewelry looking as radiant as the day you bought it. Gold plating adds a touch of elegance and luxury to your accessories, but without proper care, it can lose its luster over time. Here, we'll share tips and tricks to help you maintain the beauty of your gold-plated pieces and prevent them from tarnishing.

Understanding Gold-Plated Jewelry
Gold-plated jewelry consists of a base metal, such as Copper, Silver or Titanium coated with a thin layer of gold. This layer gives the jewelry its gold-like appearance but is more delicate than solid gold. Tarnishing occurs when the outer gold layer wears off or reacts to chemicals, moisture, and air.

Understanding Why Gold-Plated Jewelry Tarnishes
Gold-plated jewelry is prone to tarnishing due to its composition. The thin layer of gold on the surface can deteriorate when exposed to moisture, chemicals (such as those found in hair spray and perfume), and even sunlight. When the base metal underneath the gold layer reacts to these elements, it can cause the gold to break down and lose its luster, resulting in tarnishing. The speed at which jewelry tarnishes depends on several factors, such as how it's cared for, the wearer's skin type, the surrounding environment, and the materials used in the jewelry's construction. We'll share some tips on preventing tarnish shortly!

Tips to Prevent Tarnishing

  • Store Properly: Keep your gold-plated jewelry in a cool, dry place, away from sunlight and moisture. Store them in an airtight container to prevent oxidation.
  • Avoid Harsh Chemicals: Perfumes, lotions, and cleaning agents can accelerate tarnishing. Remove your jewelry before using these products and wait for them to dry before wearing your jewelry.
  • Clean Gently: Use a soft cloth or brush to wipe down your jewelry after each use to remove dirt and oils. For deeper cleaning, use a mild soap and warm water, avoiding harsh chemicals.
  • Protective Measures: Consider using a jewelry protectant spray to create a barrier against tarnishing. This can also help protect sensitive skin from reactions.
  • Rotate Jewelry: Avoid wearing the same piece of jewelry every day. Rotate your pieces to give them time to rest and reduce wear and tear.
Why Maintenance Matters
Keeping your gold-plated jewelry in top condition not only maintains its beauty but also extends its lifespan. Proper care ensures that your pieces continue to shine bright and remain a cherished part of your collection for years to come.

How long can you expect your gold-plated jewelry to last? 
With proper care, Shemisli suggests it should maintain its quality for up to five years if it is taken care of with extreme care. This involves keeping it away from elements like salt, water, sweat, high humidity, and chemicals from cleaners or perfumes.

FAQs About Gold-Plated Jewelry

  • How Long Can Gold-Plated Jewelry Last? 
  • With proper care, gold-plated jewelry can last up to two years or longer. Avoiding exposure to water, perfume, and chemicals can help prolong its lifespan.
  • Does Clear Nail Polish Protect Gold-Plated Jewelry? 
  • While clear nail polish can create a barrier between your jewelry and your skin, it is not a long-term solution. It can wear off over time and may not prevent tarnishing if the gold layer is already damaged.
  • How Long Will 14K & 18K Gold-Plated Jewelry Last? 
  • The lifespan of 14K & 18K gold-plated jewelry varies depending on the thickness of the plating and how well it is cared for. Generally, it can last several months to a few years before the plating begins to wear off.
  • Will Gold-Plated Jewelry Turn Green? 
  • Yes, gold-plated jewelry can turn green if the gold layer wears off, exposing the base metal. To prevent this, avoid exposing your jewelry to water, perfume, and other substances that can cause oxidation.
  • Ever noticed a green stain on your skin after wearing certain jewelry? 
  • This happens when the acids on your skin react with the metal, causing oxidation. It's more common with copper jewelry, but even silver and gold can sometimes cause discoloration. Don't worry, though - it's harmless and doesn't mean your jewelry is unsafe.
  • Does gold plated jewelry tarnish in water?
  • Yes, gold-plated jewelry can tarnish in water. While pure water (H2O) itself does not cause tarnishing, the oxygen and chemicals present in tap water can lead to tarnishing. Prolonged or frequent exposure to water, especially tap water treated with chemicals, can cause the gold plating to wear off more quickly, leading to tarnishing. It's best to avoid exposing gold-plated jewelry to water and moisture to maintain its appearance for longer.


Proper care and maintenance are essential for keeping your gold-plated jewelry looking its best. By following these tips and understanding the causes of tarnishing, you can enjoy your pieces for years to come. With a little care, your jewelry will continue to shine bright and add a touch of elegance to your wardrobe.

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