All our jewelry is 18ct gold plated or Rhodium plated. Even if they have a thick plating on and should last a long time, there are ways to enhance the lifetime of the plating even longer so here are some tips.
Ways to Extend the Life of your Jewelry
- Wash your hands before putting on or taking off your jewelry.
- Put on the jewelry after you’ve applied your perfume, lotion or makeup.
- Take off your rings or bracelets before chopping tomatoes for dinner.
- You also might want to remove your jewelry before changing junior’s diaper.
- Avoid rubbing bracelets and necklaces against each other. Try to prevent rings from banging into counter tops and rubbing against car keys buried in pockets and purses.
- Don’t swim in your jewelry. See below.
- Don’t wear your jewelry when you’ll be sweating profusely. Covered later.
- Clean your jewelry gently, and don’t rub it. Covered later.
- Store your jewelry in a pouch or soft cloth separate from other jewelry.
Seriously, Water can Hurt Your Plating
The chlorine and other chemicals added to swimming pools and hot tubs can also produce adverse effects. Ocean salt water can effect plating, as well. The ocean thing is a long shot, but if you swim regularly in the ocean it will speed the breakdown of your plating.
Remove your jewelry before swimming in chlorine laden water, be it the neighbor’s backyard swimming pool or a patio Jacuzzi. You’re probably fine swimming in the local reservoir, or skinny dipping in a water hole.
Perspiration and Your Personal PH level
Last but not least, one’s own body chemistry can be harsh on plating. Just like fruit, some people are more acidic than others. Depending on one’s diet, it’s not uncommon for chemicals perspired through the pores of the skin to cause plated jewelry to tarnish and discolor.
Some people sweat more than others. Jill works out for two hours every day. Joyce is a CPA riding a desk. Jill would be wise to remove her plated rings before going to the gym. Joyce, on the other hand, is stylishly safe wearing her plated bracelets and necklaces while crunching numbers.
Cleaning Your Jewelry
Plated jewelry should be cleaned periodically. Even if you’re sure your ring hasn’t been exposed to any of the aforementioned substances, it’s been in contact with your skin—which does perspire.
Wash your jewelry with warm water. Use a mild soap only if necessary. Getting junk out of nooks and crannies with an old, soft toothbrush is Okay. If you need to use toothpaste use a gentle one with no whitening agents or abrasives in it. Be gentle and don’t rub too hard.