Updated: Jan 24, 2021
The gold plating process was invented by an Italian chemist, Luigi Brugnatelli in 1805, the first person to plate a thin coat of gold onto silver.
Gold plating refers to a method of applying a layer of gold on the surface of a substrate metal via electrochemical plating to prevent the substrate from corroding. Gold plating can be done on most metals, such as nickel, brass, stainless steel, silver and copper.
Gold plated jewelry offers a budget-friendly option to buying solid gold jewelry. It gives you the look and the style without the high price tag that comes with solid gold.
Gold plating comes in varying levels of quality, largely depending on the thickness and purity of the gold coating, the base metal used for the piece and the quality of craftsmanship. Once plated, it’s almost impossible to tell real gold from gold plated jewelry just by looking at it.
By taking proper care of gold-plated jewelry, you can extend its life and keep it bright and beautiful.