GOLD. WHETHER IT'S REAL OR PLATED, THERE'S SOMETHING SPECIAL ABOUT IT. AGREED?
Gold plated jewellery is having a moment. Agreed? Now aside from the obvious value factor, (it’s gold darling), gold plated jewellery is far better than costume jewellery. In addition, it isn’t as pricey as 100% gold but it’s still as great quality. So it’s win, win! But, there is nothing more disheartening than taking your favourite piece jewellery out of its box, to find it lacking lustre. Inevitably, plated jewellery will become dull over time so knowing how to take care of it is essential to its longevity. You want to keep your pieces precious!
Gold Plated, Alighieri
Right now I am loving Alighieri jewellery. I especially love their necklaces. In fact I haven’t stopped sharing my Cancer horoscope pendant with you over on my Instagram! I adore the story behind the brand and their brand values (Alighieri jewellery ties people together, protecting them, and reminding them to be courageous). Alighieri atelier is an amplified exhibition of this, through handmade, interwoven chains and pearls, almost like a tapestry of a family history. They’re each created in their London-based studio, using precious materials. Mostly gold plated bronze.
(Above) The Tale of Tuscany – £280
(Il Leone Medallion Necklace — £210)
(Above, The Selva Oscura Choker — £750)
How To Care For Gold Plated Jewellery
Store out of direct sunlight and in a cool dry place. This will ensure that the longevity of the colour is maximised and prevents any fading.
2. Invest In A Polishing Cloth
To restore shine and lustre simple wipe with a lint free polishing cloth after every wear. This is an investment which will stand the test of time, removing excess dirt and oil which gathers naturally over wear.
3. Keep Away From Cosmetics
Face cream and perfume are detrimental to the lifespan of gold-plated jewellery! Allow skincare products and perfume to fully absorb into the skin before wear so that the chemicals found in the products do not dissolve the plating.
4. Deep Clean
Soak in a basic warm water and soap solution for a few minutes and, using a soft bristled toothbrush gently rub away any excess dirt. Avoid using chemically enhanced cleaners or soaps. Then wipe with a polishing cloth.
Do you have your eye on anything gold plated this season?
*Words by Lauren Silvester and Charlotte Hope-Shannon