Cleaning Plated Jewellery

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Cleaning Plated Jewellery

Wondering how to clean plated jewellery? Cleaning silver plated or gold plated jewellery is easy with our favourite tips and recommendations.

Plated jewellery can come in a wide variety of different metals. From gold plated silver, rhodium plated silver, gold plated silver, gold plated stainless steel, the list goes on. It is always a good idea to know what metals make up the piece you are cleaning so you know how it should be treated. This guide aims to give you all the information you need to clean plated jewellery.


Cleaning Silver Plated Jewellery

Silver plated jewellery is more often than not a non-precious metal base, usually stainless steel with a thin layer of sterling silver coating. When you’re cleaning silver plated jewellery, it is important to take care as not to scratch or chip away at the silver plating.

If the plating on your jewellery is chipped and the base underneath is visible, it is best to take it to a professional jeweller to have the piece re-plated.

Our main recommendation for cleaning silver plated silver would be to use a delicate jewellery cleaner. We use Connoisseurs Delicate Jewellery Cleaner as it is much less harsh than other jewellery cleaners and is also perfectly safe to use with any gemstone the jewellery is set with including pearls, opals and more delicate gemstones.

You can also use a small drop of a mild washing up liquid in just above room temperature water to clean silver plated jewellery but this method will take a little bit longer.

When you’re cleaning silver plated jewellery, it is very important to take great care when drying or polishing your jewellery as you may scratch the plating if you are too rough with it.


Cleaning Gold Plated Jewellery

Unsure of how to clean gold plated jewellery? Gold plated jewellery usually uses either a sterling silver or stainless steel base, covered by a very thin layer of gold. Gold vermeil has a thicker layer of gold but we generally treat it the same as cleaning gold plated jewellery. When you’re cleaning gold plated jewellery it is important to take care as gold is softer than silver and may be more susceptible to scratches and chips. It is also worth mentioning that using a polishing cloth on gold plated jewellery can actually strip away the gold plating and expose the base metal underneath.

Again for cleaning gold plated jewellery we prefer to use a very delicate jewellery cleaner. We tend to prefer Connoisseurs Delicate Jewellery Cleaner as it takes just a couple of minutes and is really effective at bringing back that gold lustre. However there is nothing wrong with using a drop of mild washing up liquid or white vinegar in warm water. This method does take considerably longer to get the same result as the Connoisseurs Delicate Jewellery Cleaner but works absolutely fine.


Using Connoisseurs Delicate Jewellery Cleaner

Connoisseurs delicate jewellery cleaner is an excellent option for cleaning plated and costume jewellery. The chemicals in this product are less harsh which makes it much more suitable for plated pieces of jewellery as it will not damage the plating. Follow these instructions on how to use Connoisseurs Delicate Jewellery Cleaner on your plated jewellery:

Connoisseurs Delicate Jewellery Cleaner
  1. Unscrew the lid and remove the seal. 
  2. Place one piece of jewellery into the dip tray. 
  3. Submerge the jewellery in the solution and let it soak for no longer than 10 seconds. 
  4. Remove the dip tray and rinse the jewellery under room temperature water to remove residue
  5. Use a soft brush to clean any hard to reach areas
  6. Gently dab the jewellery dry using a soft, lint free cloth
  7. Give your jewellery a polish using a polishing cloth to bring out its shine. (Connoisseurs Ultrasoft Gold or Silver Polishing Cloths are ideal as they leave an anti tarnish layer)
Cleaning Silver Plated Jewellery In Water & Mild Washing Up Liquid
  1. Fill up a bowl of warm water and add one small drop of a very mild washing up liquid. 
  2. Place your jewellery inside the soapy water and let it soak for around 20 minutes 
  3. Remove the jewellery from the water and very carefully use a soft bristle brush or an old toothbrush to remove the leftover dirt and reach those hard to reach areas
  4. To dry, gently dab your jewellery with a lint free cloth to make sure it does not get scratched 
  5. Give the jewellery a quick polish to bring out its natural shine. (Connoisseurs Silver Polishing Cloth is perfect for this as one side cleans and the other polishes. It also leaves a protective layer that prevents new tarnish)
Cleaning Gold Plated Jewellery In Water & Mild Washing Up Liquid
  1. Fill up a bowl of warm water and add one small drop of a very mild washing up liquid. 
  2. Place your jewellery inside the soapy water and let it soak for around 20 minutes 
  3. Remove the jewellery from the water and very carefully use a soft bristle brush or an old toothbrush to remove the leftover dirt and reach those hard to reach areas
  4. To dry, gently dab your jewellery with a lint free cloth to make sure it does not get scratched
Stay Away From:

PLEASE NEVER USE BLEACH OR HOUSEHOLD CLEANERS ON YOUR JEWELLERY. These types of cleaners are a surefire way to ruin your jewellery in no time and should be avoided at all costs.

Toothpaste is another novel cleaning method we recommend staying clear of as the chemicals inside can strip away the metals of your jewellery over time and leave it looking dull.

Polishing gold plated jewellery can actually scratch and wear away the plating. It is best to avoid, but if you do have to polish then be very gentle and be sure to take care.