Gold Plated Meaning: Examining What You'll Be Rocking

A lot of everyday shoppers are looking for quality gold jewelry, but don’t have the extra money for real gold pieces. So what’s the solution? Gold plated jewelry! At Crystallation, we are committed to handcrafting jewelry that is perfect for everyday wear at an affordable price. We’ll explain below.

What is Gold Plated Jewelry?

Gold plated jewelry is an item covered with a thin or thick layer of gold. Because pure gold (24k) is too soft and malleable to wear in jewelry merchants often combine gold with other alloyed metals to give it strength and durability. Gold plated jewelry offers a budget-friendly option for people not looking to spend a fortune on everyday accessories.

How Gold Plating is Done, Step by Step

Plating jewelry with gold is a fairly simple process but takes many steps. This process was invented by Italian chemist Luigi Brugnatelli in 1805. 


1. Cleaning - Our jewelers use a specialized method called “electrocleaning” This ensures metals are free of any oils and dirt. 

2. Striking - also called a “flash” layer - adheres a thin layer of high-quality nickel plating to the base metal.

3. Base Coat - there can be many layers of plating done at this stage. For example our gold plating Constellation Necklace made of 925 sterling silver is coated with silver substrate with added layers of nickel and gold.

4. Final Coat - with the right temperature our pieces are carefully submerged into the 18k gold where ions attach and over time adhere to the original base metal.


Advantages of Gold Plated Jewelry

Gold plated items have the appearance and luxurious appeal of real gold. The perfect alternative for people that aren’t looking to empty their wallet on pure or gold filled jewelry.


Unique: Because gold plated items contain a different base layer metal it allows for more unique styled pieces that can’t be replicated using soft and malleable pure gold.


Rugged: Gold plated jewelry stands up well to abuse and early stage tarnishing compared to pure gold, which is often soft and changes shapes easily.