Today it is Valentine's day! I really appreciate this day. Not because it is commercially convenient for my business, but because you can show some extra love today. And there is probably no one who cannot appreciate this! Whether you give a nice well thought present, or just some extra nice sandwiches for lunch from your lover. It is all about spreading the love just a little bit extra on Valentine's day!
But if you do buy a nice silver or golden jewelry piece for your lover or yourself, you preferably want to give something that is going to last years, right?
Well, I want to inform you about something called gold plated or golden filled jewelry. A lot of jewelry these days, especially in the fast-fashion sector, are gold plated. This means that the golden aspect of the jewelry is a very thin layer on top of a different kind of metal. Mostly of non-precious metal like brass or copper and sometimes also silver.
This thin golden layer will easily come off during wearing. If you will scratch the surface the metal beneath the golden layer will appear. So especially with rings and bracelets the golden layer will disappear relatively fast. That is just a pity isn't it?
The golden layer on the jewelry can also vary in thickness. So there is some quality differences in that to, but eventually the golden will disappear nevertheless.
Besides gold plated or gold filled jewelry you also have silver plated or silver filled jewelry. For this it is the same story as gold plated.
And off course it is a lot less expensive to buy gold plated jewelry than to buy a real golden jewelry piece. But this doesn't always count as well for the silver plated jewelry. Silver isn't that expensive and these days I see a lot of fashion brands offer silver plated jewelry for almost the same price as it will cost in real silver. So beware if you want to buy a silver piece of jewelry, that is at least real silver. You will be able to wear a real silver piece for a lot of years and it will stay the same color as when you bought it. Winner!
In case of the gold plated jewelry... I understand that the real deal is a lot more expensive. But if you want to make an investment in yourself or someone else and you want to wear it for over more than a year, than 100% gold is the way to go.
The benefits in buying the real thing:
- Firstly as was stated earlier, it will stay the same color throughout all the years.
- Gold will maintain it's value, that means if you decide to sell your gold you will most probably receive a good amount of money. It is thus a great investment.
- The color is warmer as opposed to gold plated jewelry which will give the jewelry a chique and high quality appearance.
- It has more shine than plated jewelry and it will remain like that (unless you want a mat finish, which is possible).
- You can adjust it, which means that if your mother gave you a golden ring and you would like some adjustments, you can convert it because the metal can be soldered.
- Gold is so durable that it will last more than just one lifetime so you will be able to pass it on to your kids or loved ones (the previous point is thus complementary to this aspect).
So as you see, a lot of benefits. However, if your budget is small and you desire gold, you can buy gold plated jewelry but make sure that is has at least a silver basis, as this won't leave any stains on your skin (and it is still a precious metal).
Choose wisely knowing what you know now and invest in the real deal!