Sterling silver plated cage and 925 sterling silver 20" chain.
Includes 1 oyster opening
Plated jewelry, as the name suggests, has a thin layer of precious metal (ie silver, gold, rhodium, platinum) over a base metal (ie zinc alloy, brass, copper). The layer of precious metal is usually between 0.175 to 0.5 microns (in comparison, a dollar bill is 200 microns).
Since the precious metal layer is very thin, friction between your skin and the plated jewelry can slowly rub off the plating. Also, exposure to water, sweat, soap, perfume and other chemicals can cause the plating to fade.
To take care of plated jewelry, you should:
1. Avoid getting the jewelry wet with water, soap, perfume, lotion and other chemicals. If the jewelry does get wet, wipe it immediately with a soft cloth.
2. Avoid getting the jewelry wet with your sweat. Remove the jewelry when you are going to engage in some strenuous physical activity.
3. Remove the plated jewelry when you sleep at night to reduce contact with bare skin.
4. Store the jewelry in a dry place. Also, it is best to store the plated jewelry separate from other plated jewelry (either you keep them in individual plastic pouches or separate them in the jewelry box). Do not store or keep several plated jewelry in a single bin. Several plated jewelry in a single bin will rub or scratch against each other and will cause the plating to fade faster.
This product was added to our catalog on Tuesday 16 May, 2017.