Cleaning Plated Jewellery

Cleaning Plated Jewellery

Plated jewellery can come in a wide variety of different metals. From gold plated silver, rhodium plated silver, gold plated 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 keep your plated jewellery looking full of life and lustre. 

Our number 1 recommendation for cleaning plated would be using Connoisseurs All Purpose Jewellery Foam as it is safe to use for almost all metals and gemstones on top of being quick and easy to use. If you do not have access to this product then you can use the methods later in the guide. If you do have access to this product you can use the following method:

  1. Apply the foam directly to your jewellery and let it soak for around 30 seconds.
  2. Use a soft bristle brush or an old toothbrush to work the foam into those hard to reach places.
  3. Thoroughly rinse the jewellery with warm water to remove the foam
  4. Gently dab the jewellery using a soft or microfibre cloth to dry as not to scratch it.
  5. Give the jewellery a wipe with a polishing cloth to bring back its shine. (not suitable for gold plating as polishing can strip away the plating)

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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 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 replated. 

If you do not have access to the product described earlier then using a small drop of a very mild washing up liquid in warm water is the next best thing. Here’s our method on how to clean your plated jewellery this way:

  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

Gold plated jewellery usually uses either a sterling silver or stainless steel base, covered by a very thin layer of gold. When cleaning your 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.

Our number 1 method for cleaning gold plated jewellery is set out as above. However if you do not have access to this product then using a small amount of mild washing up liquid in warm water will still do the trick. Here’s our guide in using this method: 

  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.