What is the difference between gold and gold plated?


by Avee Mcinllov September 14, 2016 1 Comment

For the average person, gold and gold plated jewelry may appear to be the same but in reality, they are quite different from one another. Gold is very much preferable to gold plated jewelry since it is higher quality.

For the average person, gold and gold plated jewelry may appear to be the same thing but in actuality, they are quite different. Gold jewelry is jewelry that is 100 percent made of pure gold. As a result, these types of jewelry are thus much higher quality than gold plated jewelry is. Gold does not tarnish with the time, which is why it is considered a metal that is high in demand as it will hold its value over the years.

Throughout the ages, gold is the symbol of elegance and beauty for both men and women. Inside museums, one can see gold jewelry on display that women wore in antiquity and these pieces of jewelry still are in beautiful condition, almost as if they were produced just the other day. For this reason, gold is a type of jewelry that one can inherit to ones’ children, grandchildren and even great grandchildren yet it will still be in good condition throughout their lives.

Gold plating is when a thin layer of gold is applied to a less expensive type of medal, typically copper or silver. Gold plating tends to wear off and chip down to its base medal and is thus not considered as durable as gold jewelry is. This causes the jewelry to change its appearance over time. This can occur within months or years, depending on the thickness of the gold plate.

Experienced jewelers have noted that all gold plated jewelry is vulnerable to wear and tear. Perfumes, creams, lotions and make-up can all adversely affect the durability of gold plated jewelry without one even noticing it. This is also the case for soaps, detergents, fruits and vegetables. Thus, even though gold plated jewelry is less expensive, it is a better investment to purchase gold jewelry that will last for generations than to buy gold plated jewelry that has a limited life span.  

Experienced jewelers have noted that all gold plated jewelry is vulnerable to wear and tear. Perfumes, creams, lotions and make-up can all adversely affect the durability of gold plated jewelry without one even noticing it. This is also the case for soaps, detergents, fruits and vegetables. Thus, even though gold plated jewelry is less expensive, it is a better investment to purchase gold jewelry that will last for generations than to buy gold plated jewelry that has a limited life span.  




Avee Mcinllov
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Debra Trinchini
Debra Trinchini

August 15, 2017

I would like to confirm that the above-statement is true, regarding the difference between solid gold (which is 24K gold) and the term “gold-plated” which is a thin layer applied to another less-valuable metal; as I am 63 years old and have already learned the hard way; I hope young people will read this and believe that: it may look good at the moment but sometimes even in a day – the gold plate can start wearing off and suddenly you don’t like that piece of jewelry as much as you did! Whereas, 18K, 14K, 10K gold mixes keep their gold color, even though they are mixed with an alloy for strength of jewelry, as 24K gold is malleable and will just break off in your hands as it is too soft to be used 100% as jewelry.

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