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Gold plated jewelry is just as it sounds; a thin layer of gold is applied (typically electroplated) on top of another metal. The metal beneath is usually either brass, steel, or an alloy. The gold is known to wear off eventually, at which point it is possible to have an allergic reaction to the base metal underneath. However, your gold plated jewelry can shine brightly for a long time as long as it's taken care of. The oil from our hands can remove the gold, so try not to touch or rub your jewelry. Store covered, and do not wear plated jewelry in water.
Gold plated jewelry is a wonderful alternative to solid gold and it's much more wallet-friendly!
It'll exceed your expectations.
Rhodium is a precious metal in the platinum family. It is applied (typically electroplated) over a base metal, usually sterling silver. Rhodium is desired for its bright, reflective finish and its resistance to scratching and tarnishing. The term "white gold" is something of a misnomer, since white gold is typically a pale alloy of regular gold covered in rhodium.
Like gold plated jewelry, the oil from our hands can remove the finish, so try not to touch or rub your jewelry. Store covered, and do not wear your plated jewelry in water.
Jewelry made of stainless steel is inexpensive, hypoallergenic and tarnish-proof. What's not to love?
To clean, wipe with a soft, damp cloth. We still do not recommend wearing your stainless steel pieces in water, despite it being much more resilient than other materials. We just don't recommend wearing any jewelry in water!
An upgrade to gold-plated.
Gold filled jewelry is similar to gold plated jewelry, but rather than using electroplating to adhere the gold, the base metal is bonded with sheets of gold (usually 14k). The sheets of 14k gold will not fade or peel off, so this option offers another wallet-friendly alternative to solid gold jewelry.
Sterling silver is the base metal for all gold vermeil pieces. The jewelry is gold plated using the same process described above, but with at least 10k gold as a standard. Often, 14k - 18k gold is used. The finished piece may be polished or slightly tarnished to look antique. This type of jewelry is excellent for those who may have skin allergies to other base metals.
While still less expensive than solid gold jewelry, using this technique is more expensive than either gold-plated or gold-filled because of the higher cost of materials.
CUBIC ZIRCONIA VERSUS ZIRCON
There is one major defining difference between cubic zirconia and zircon: one is a lab-created gem and the other is a natural mineral.
Cubic zirconia no longer exists in the marketplace, even though it once did. Real cubic zirconia was discovered in the 1930s as a rare inclusion of zircon, but the microscopic crystals were too small to be used in jewelry. Today, it's one of the best-known manmade diamond simulants.
Zircon is one of the oldest naturally-occurring gemstones in the world, even older than a diamond. The gemstone was used by ancient people and referred to in the Old Testament. It is a popular diamond-alternative.
Druzy is a term that refers to the effect of tiny, shiny crystals on the surface of a colorful mineral or bulkier gemstone. Druzy is formed in nature over millions of years. Metallic druzy such as gold, rose gold, or titanium have had the respective metal applied to the rocky surface of regular druzy in a vacuum. To make colorful backgrounds for sparkly druzy, natural or dyed agate stone may be used.
It is imperative that druzy stays dry, especially metal-coated druzy as moisture will dull the metallic luster.