How to maintain gold-plated silver jewelry?

How to maintain gold-plated silver jewelry?

First of all, we need to be clear that gold-plated silver jewelry has two changes on its surface: oxidation and discoloration.
 

Oxidation

The oxidation causes a layer of black material to form on the jewelry's surface, making them dull and without light. Whether you wear jewelry or not, oxidation happens all the time, and that is the characteristic of silver jewelry. The oxidation of silver jewelry is reversible, and different degrees of oxidation correspond to different restoration methods.
 
  • Slight Oxidation: We can simply wipe off the oxidized silver from the surface of the jewelry with a silver polishing cloth, and the jewelry will be shiny again.
Be aware:
  1. Do not often rub the gold-plated silver jewelry. This will not only destroy the gold-plated layer but also accelerates the loss of color.
  2. Silver polishing cloth is not washable. It contains polishing powder and decontamination components, so it will lose its utility after being washed. A silver polishing cloth can be used repeatedly.
  • Moderate or Heavy Oxidation: We can clean the jewelry at home even under moderate or heavy oxidation. The materials to be used are aluminum foil, hot water, and salt. There are many instructional videos on YouTube to teach you to clean, simple and easy to learn.

 

Discoloration

The discoloration will happen if oxidized jewelry is not treated promptly, that is, the plating will come off, revealing the original metal base color. Then the jewelry will need to be re-plated.
 

 

How to take care of gold-plated jewelry daily?

  • Wear it often.  Wearing a piece of jewelry is a good way to maintain it. The oil of the skin adheres to the jewelry and insulates it from oxidation by air and rain. The friction between the skin and the jewelry can also remove the oxidation adherence of the jewelry.
  • Storing it in a sealed bag will block oxidized silver when not worn.
  • Avoid wearing while bathing, soaking in hot springs, or playing at the beach. Bathing lotions, shampoos, mineral-rich water sources, and seawater can aggravate plating loss.
  • Avoid contact with cosmetics, anti-sun products, and perfumes, which can produce chemical reactions with the metal to accelerate the oxidation of the plating. 
September 29, 2022 — Alex Wang
Differences between K Gold and Gold Plated

Differences between K Gold and Gold Plated

When it comes to gold jewelry, we often hear that there are solid gold, k gold, and gold plated. We all know solid gold is actually 24k gold. But for other k gold, such as 10k gold, 14k gold and 18k gold, and gold plated, there are many people who are not clear. So today we are going to tell you what is different between k gold and gold plated.
 
First of all, k gold is an alloy made by mixing gold and other non-ferrous metals. Due to the different proportions of other metals added, it is divided into 24k gold, 22k gold, 18k gold, and 14k gold, which is usually available in colors of white, yellow, and rose, except for 24k gold always in yellow. For instance, 18k gold is composed of 75% pure gold and 25% other non-ferrous metals.
 
K gold is a precious metal alloy, while gold plated is a technique, which is the essential difference between them. Professionally speaking, gold plated can be divided into two categories, one is homogeneous material gold plating, and the other is heterogeneous material gold plating.
 
The purpose of gold plating is to improve the brightness and color of jewelry. Homogeneous material gold plating refers to the gold plating on the surface of gold jewelry, such as 18k gold jewelry with another layer of 18k gold plating, so that the jewelry luster is better and more durable. Heterogeneous material plating refers to the surface plating of non-gold materials, such as gold-plated silver and gold-plated copper, which are common in our life. Its function is to replace the color of the plated metal with the luster of gold, so as to improve the ornamental effect of the jewelry.
 
In order to enhance the ornamental value and long-lasting of the jewelry, the silver pieces provided by VOOGME are all plated with 18k gold as we aim to offer our customers high-quality jewelry at an affordable price.

 

August 24, 2022 — Alex Wang