How to Clean Plated Jewelry

What is Plated Jewelry?

Plated jewelry is when a metal is "plated" with another metal. For example, gold could be placed on top of an original silver or rhodium piece. Gold-plated jewelry gives the look and feel of solid gold, but the core is often a less expensive metal making it more affordable to wear all the fabulous styles! If you want these pieces to stay fabulous, you’ll want to give them extra care as over time and with consistent wear, the top plated layer of metal can break down or dissolve.  

Getting Started

Ready to start cleaning your plated pieces? You will need the following items:

  • Two bowls
  • Warm water
  • Mild soap 
  • Soft cloth
  • Soft-bristled brush

Begin by adding the warm water to each bowl and mixing a couple of drops of mild soap into one of the bowls.  

Supplies to clean plated jewelry


 Learn how to clean plated jewelry with this step-by-step guide.

Step 1

Soak jewelry in warm, soapy water.

Warm, soapy water will allow every crevice of the piece to be cleaned and sterilized. Let jewelry soak for 10-20 minutes.

Soaking plated jewelry in warm soapy water

Step 2

Brush your jewelry carefully with a soft-bristled brush.

It is important that the brush is soft to avoid any damage to the piece.

Gently brushing plated jewelry with a soft-bristled brush

Step 3

Rinse your jewelry in warm water.

Rinsing thoroughly prevents soap build-up. We recommend rinsing your jewelry in a bowl of warm water and not over the sink where your jewelry could slip down a drain.

Rinsing plated jewelry in warm water

Step 4

Pat your jewelry dry with a soft, absorbent cloth. 

If the cloth is too rough, it may cause damage to the piece by scratching it.

Patting plated jewelry dry with a soft cloth

Cleaning Your Plated Jewelry with JTV’s Exclusive Cleaning Essentials

For cleaning your plated jewelry, we recommend using our JTV Cleaning Essentials Jewelry Care System. This gentle system is a tested formula to super-clean your jewelry in just a few steps.

Start by opening the cleanser and pulling out the basket inside the container. Sit your jewelry on the strainer-like surface and slowly let the basket down to the bottom of the container. Let your jewelry soak in the cleanser for about two minutes. After two minutes, slowly pull up the basket and remove your jewelry.

Next, you'll want to take the small touch-up brush and gently clean the surface of your jewelry. Pay special attention to hard-to-reach areas. Rinse jewelry carefully with lukewarm water and blot dry with a soft, dry cloth.

After cleaning, you'll want to use your Cleaning Essentials polishing cloth and rub gently to remove any residue and add a finishing shine.

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JTV's Jewelry Cleaning Essentials

How Often Should I Clean My Plated Jewelry?

It’s a good idea to take your jewelry through the cleaning process as soon as your plated pieces start to show signs of tarnish or after exposure to chemicals like chlorine, alcohol or acids. Otherwise, we recommend regularly polishing your plated jewelry pieces after each wear with a polishing cloth to remove any smudges or residues from the day, and JTV’s Jewelry Cleaning Essentials Polishing Cloth is the perfect tool for polishing your plated jewelry.

Polishing plated jewelry

More Tips to Care for Plated Jewelry

  • To prevent damage or discoloration, remove plated jewelry when swimming, entering a hot tub, doing a strenuous workout or cleaning with harsh chemicals.
  • Consider removing your plated jewelry when bathing to keep soap scum from building up on the surface and dulling the shine of the metal.
  • Prevent your plated jewelry from coming into contact with perfumes, hair spray, makeup or lotions.
  • Store jewelry pieces separately to prevent scratching and damage.

 We hope our cleaning guide on plated jewelry was helpful! For more jewelry care tips, check out our jewelry cleaning guide for overall advice on jewelry maintenance.

Safely storing plated jewelry

Erin Smith

Erin enjoys empowering fellow jewelry lovers with the knowledge and tools to care for their jewelry and keep it sparkling like the day they purchased it.

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