Gold Stainless Steel Jewelry
The idea of gold stainless steel might sound a bit strange at first. It need not be. Gold stainless steel jewelry is simply stainless steel jewelry that has a thin layer of gold coating.
This process is often done using an electric current with a tub of gold solution. This process is commonly known as wet plating.
The layer of gold plating can be anywhere from 0.17 to 2.5 microns. A micron is equal to 0.0001 centimeters. The final color you get will vary in color depending on the purity of the gold used to do the plating.
When Plated Jewelry Is Ideal
Gold-plated jewelry often has a short lifespan, typically six months to a year. So to extend longevity, it's best to get gold stainless steel pieces for ornaments you do not wear often.
The reason for this is that gold-plated items have very little actual gold on them. This makes them more susceptible to tarnishing and fading. In addition, for metals that are not hypoallergenic, this can expose the wearer to skin irritation.
Stainless steel is hypoallergenic, so this is not something you need to worry about when wearing gold stainless steel.
Taking Care Of Your Gold Stainless Steel Ornaments
While you can get to enjoy your jewelry for about a year without it fading, this does not come without taking some precautions.
For starters, avoid wearing gold stainless steel with other items as these can rub against each other and damage the coating much faster. As much as possible, wear your plated stainless steel on its own.
Secondly, avoid water, chemicals, and make-up coming into direct contact with your plated items as much as possible. If you are a swimmer, for example, the chemicals in a pool can quickly corrode the coating. In such a case, it helps to take off this jewelry before taking a dip. If you forget to do so, ensure to rinse it with plain water as soon as possible and air dry it.
After you have worn your gold-plated stainless steel jewelry, ensure to wipe it down at the end of the day. Use a soft cloth to gently rub its surface up and down to pry away any dirt and debris it might have collected during wear.
If you need a more thorough clean, soak it in warm water and mild dishwashing soap solution. A 10-15 minute soak will loosen any dirt, sweat, and make-up from the jewelry’s surface. You can then gently wash it with a soft cloth and air dry it before putting it in storage.
Again, try and store gold stainless steel jewelry in individual cloth bags to prevent them from scratching each other and possibly getting damaged.
It might also help to take off your jewelry before hitting the gym or engaging in other activities that might cause you to sweat.
One Final Thing…
Aside from proper care, a sure way to ensure your jewelry remains in top shape for longer is by buying good quality, to begin with. By purchasing from a reputable dealer, you are certain that the jewelry was made under strict conditions to give you the quality you deserve.
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