Gold plated and silver plated jewellery
Gold-plated or silver-plated means that a metal has a thin layer of gold or silver. This means that the material is also much more affordable than the sterling silver or the gold sterling silver variety.
Depending on your pH value, this layer can remain beautiful for a long time or, if you're unlucky, discolor quickly.
In the shop I do not sell silver-plated & gold-plated metal jewelry because I prefer a durable piece of jewelry that you will enjoy for a long time.
Does gold-plated or silver-plated also have disadvantages?
If you polish these materials too often, there is a good chance that the layer of gold or silver will be polished away. In addition, you also have to be a bit lucky with your pH value. The lower your pH value, the faster the jewelry will discolor.
On the other hand, these jewelry are much more affordable.
Handy fact: sterling silver oxidizes!
Sterling silver jewelry will oxidize. This means that the silver turns black. Fortunately, you can always polish this nicely with a silver polishing cloth.
Jewelry does not like moisture. So don't store your handmade silver jewelery on a rack in the bathroom, as this will speed up the aging process.