Stacking Up to Gold: What is Gold Plated Jewelry?

Stacking Up to Gold: What is Gold Plated Jewelry?

Picture this: you’ve got your coffee in one hand and your phone in the other; scrolling through the latest jewelry trends. Suddenly, you stumble upon the perfect piece—a necklace that screams sophistication but the price whispers affordability. Is it too good to be true? Enter gold plated jewelry, the unsung hero of the accessory world. But what exactly is gold plated jewelry, and how does it stack up against solid gold? Let's dive into the glimmering details.

Gold plated jewelry is essentially the "Cinderella" of the jewelry world. It starts as a humble piece of metal—in Smart Minimalists case, it's stainless steel—then it's given a magical makeover. Through a process known as PVD, a thick layer of gold is applied to the base metal, transforming it into something that sparkles like a fairytale dream.

At first glance, gold plated jewelry can look almost identical to solid gold. It has that alluring golden glow and the same eye-catching appeal. This makes it a fantastic option for those who want to rock the gold look without committing to the high-maintenance of solid gold jewelry.

The Durability Dilemma

Here's where the plot thickens. While gold plated pieces bring the glam, they come with a catch—the gold layer may not last forever. Over years and year, with regular wear and exposure to the elements, this layer can wear off, revealing the less fabulous base metal beneath. This means that your once radiant piece might lose its luster.

But don’t fret! With a bit of TLC, you can keep your gold plated treasures looking fresh. Keep them away from perfumes, chemicals, and store them separately to avoid scratches. Treat them with the care they deserve, and they’ll continue to dazzle.

Solid Gold vs PVD:

Now, let's talk about the queen bee of the jewelry hive—solid gold. Unlike its plated counterpart, solid gold jewelry is made entirely of gold or a gold alloy. This means it’s gold through and through, with no base metal hiding beneath the surface. Common purities range from 10k to 24k, with higher karats indicating a higher gold content​.

It’s highly resistant to corrosion, and could be melted down into new pieces making it a long-term investment in style and quality. You can wear it every day without worrying about it losing its integrity. 

14k Gold Pavé Cross Ear Cuff - The Smart Minimalist

Choosing Your Gold

So, which should you choose? If you're looking for a stylish yet quality option that lets you dabble in trends without a hefty commitment, gold plated jewelry is your go-to. It’s perfect for those who want the look and feel of real gold, with out the price tag. 

If your in it for the long haul and want a piece you can hand down to your family—solid gold is the way to go. It’s an investment in both style and substance, promising durability and timeless elegance. If your willing to go gold, be prepared to pay a hefty price tag.

Organic Wave Ring - Solid 14k Gold Modern Minimalist Piece - The Smart Minimalist

In the end, whether you opt for the accessible allure of gold plated or the enduring beauty of solid gold, you’re adding a touch of luxury to your life. And isn’t that what jewelry is all about? So, go ahead, stack up on gold—your jewelry box (and Instagram feed) will thank you.

Gold Engraved Coin Necklace - The Smart Minimalist


Sources: Wedding KnowHow​ Play with Diamonds Co Ltd  Rellery
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