The term 'gold-plating' is actually short for the process of 'electroplating'. Without getting too technical, electroplating is the process of covering one metal with a thin layer of another. Each layer is measured in something called 'microns' and the more of these there are the longer the plating lasts.
Here at Natalie Salisbury Jewellery, we use between 2 and 5 microns of gold-plating dependant on the item and the type of wear it is likely to receive. For example, rings and other pieces of jewellery that are worn on or near the hand, that are likely to receive more daily knocks, are plated with more microns.
Natalie Salisbury Jewellery likes to offer gold-plating as an option as she feels her work suits the rich and lush tones of 18ct yellow gold so well. However, whilst the gold plating should last for a good amount of time, the durability of the gold-plating on your piece is wholly dependant on how often you wear it and how much you allow various chemicals and creams to come into contact with it. Perfumes, lotions, and makeup, various soaps and detergents all contain substances than can affect plated jewellery. Because of this you may find that the gold-plating begins to wear away after time - this is especially true with rings and wristwear that can bear the brunt of all the jobs that your hands are involved in!
To ensure your jewellery looks its best at all times, follow the pointers below. However, if you feel your Natalie Salisbury Jewellery piece requires it, we provide a re-plating service for your convenience! Each item is quoted for individually and is calculated dependant on size. Please email with any questions regarding this service.
1. Wash your hands before putting on or taking off plated jewelry.
2. Put on gold plated earrings after you’ve applied your perfume.
3. Put on your plated jewellery after you have applied lotion or put on makeup.
4. Take off your plated rings or bracelets before chopping tomatoes for dinner.
5. Avoid rubbing plated bracelets and necklaces against each other. Try to prevent plated rings from banging into counter tops and rubbing against car keys buried in pockets and purses.
6. Don’t swim or bathe in your plated jewellery (that includes swimming pools, jacuzzis and the sea!)
7. Don’t wear your plated jewellery when you’ll be sweating profusely.
8. When you clean your plated jewellery, do it gently and don’t rub it. See our 'Cleaning' instructions.
9. Store your gold-plated jewellery in a pouch or soft cloth, seperate from other jewellery