- Gold Stainless Steel
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Here at Kimpala Jewellery, I primarily use Stainless Steel and 14k Gold Plated materials, unless otherwise specified.
Stainless steel is a highly durable metal, allowing it to withstand the wear and tear of everyday activities,
Both Gold Plated consist of real gold coating over a base metal (ie brass or copper). Gold plated is a thin layer of gold.
Realistically, gold plated in my experience lasts 6-12 months max depending on how I take care of it. That is...if you take care of it. If you don't take care of your Gold Plated jewelry, it'll tarnish.
Stainless steel is durable - You can wear it every day and keep doing all your normal and heavy duty tasks without worrying about damaging
There are many things you can do to keep your gold plated jewelry looking brand new for a very long time. Here are tips from personal experience and what I have seen happen:
1) Hot Tubs/Chlorine
This will 100% ruin your gold plated jewelry. I've even seen gold plated jewelry tarnish after only wearing it once in a chlorinated pool. I also don't recommend wearing gold plated to the beach...sand is an exfoliant and can eventually scratch off the layer of gold. Salt water can also be problematic since the base of gold filled is usually copper or brass and that'll penetrate and corrode it. I suggest taking off your jewelry before diving in!
Going back to salt (in section 1), salt from water or sweat can definitely affect the longevity of your gold plated jewelry. I suggest trying to remember to take off your jewelry before working out.
Make sure to not place soap on it . *Do NOT wear gold plated in the shower or any of the wire wrap, beaded pieces in water. *
Sunscreen is the absolute worst thing for your gold plated jewelry, right after diving in a chlorinated pool. It'll corrode and tarnish your jewelry fast! I suggest applying sunscreen and then putting on your jewelry. Hair products/lotions/perfumes can also have an affect. I suggest avoiding applying products on the areas where you wear your jewelry.
Some people's body chemistry/hormones just don't react well with gold plated jewelry and their own skin has a chemical reaction with the jewelry that has it tarnishing quicker than others. This applies to less than 10% of people.
6) Storing your jewelry
Many people hang their jewelry out in the open, which looks pretty, but will eventually tarnish your gold plated jewelry. The open air oxidizes your jewelry! Therefore, it's best to place your pieces in Jewelry boxes and/or closed drawers. Always place jewelry in a cool, dry place.
7) Cleaning your jewelry
I would say once a week. I like to clean my jewelry using a dry microfibre cloth. If you want to clean your jewelry more thoroughly, you can also soak your jewelry in a bowl of water with gentle soap (like Dawn) for 10 minutes. Remove the jewelry from the bowl of water/soap and gently rinse the soap off then pat the jewelry dry. Don't do this too often.
I hope the above helps! If you have any other questions or concerns, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.