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We believe fashion should be low maintenance. That’s why most pieces at EB and Co. require very little upkeep – just wear and love. To keep your pieces looking like new, we suggest taking off your jewelry before swimming, sweating, showering or exercising. Your EB and Co. items should also avoid contact with perfumes, lotions or hair products because tarnishing may occur. Tarnishing can also be caused by the skin’s natural pH levels. In this case, we are not responsible for the refund or exchange of your items.

What is Gold-Plated Jewelry?

Gold-plated jewelry is created by taking a base metal, like sterling silver or brass, and adding a thin layer of gold to it, either electrically or chemically. The quality of the base metal, and the take-home care of the jewelry determine how long the gold-plating will last.

How to Take Care of Gold-Plated Jewelry?

Buying gold-plated jewelry is a great option when you’re looking for an affordable accessory. To decrease the chances of your jewelry wearing out, here are six easy ways to maintain the luster of your gold-plated jewelry:

1. Don’t spray or apply perfume while wearing your gold-plated jewelry. We recommend that you put your jewelry on after you have applied your favorite perfume so that the chemicals in the perfume can’t interact with your jewelry’s metal.
2. Wait until your lotion or cream is dry or has been absorbed by your skin before you wear your gold-plated ring, bracelet or necklace.
3. Similar to the tarnishing effects of perfume and hand lotions, sweat and treated water can also tarnish your jewelry. It’s important that you remember to remove your gold-plated jewelry when you exercise or before you go swimming.
4. After every use, clean your plated jewelry with a cotton ball or a very soft cloth to remove any dust and dirt the piece of jewelry has acquired. Gently rubbing the surface of your gold-plated jewelry using a soft jewelry cloth will also help restore shine.
5. If your jewelry needs a deeper cleaning, you may clean it with warm, soapy water. Soak the piece of jewelry for a few minutes, and then gently wipe away dirt and grime. Don’t use jewelry cleaners or antibacterial soap as they can compound the tarnishing.
6. To avoid scratches, wrap your jewelry in a soft cloth after cleaning, or keep it in a separate jewelry box.