CAN YOU SHOWER WITH 18K GOLD-PLATED JEWELRY?
No, it is best not to shower in 18k gold-plated jewelry. Gold plating is a layer of gold applied over another metal, such as brass or silver. This layer helps to protect the base metal from corrosion and wear. Still, you can easily scratch it or cause it to fade with repeated, prolonged exposure to water and other harsh elements (such as chemicals, rough surfaces, etc.). Therefore, showering in gold-plated jewelry can damage the jewelry and reduce its durability.
WHY YOU SHOULD NOT SHOWER IN 18K GOLD-PLATED JEWELRY:
- When you wear 18k gold-plated jewelry in the shower, there is a chance that it will come into contact with soap or shampoo. These cleaning products can cause a buildup of residue on the surface of your 18k gold, which can dull its bright shine and cause a more muted glow.
- Your jewels will get dull and less bright due to the residue your soap leaves behind. Even though diamonds are resilient, wearing diamond stud earrings or a ring while taking a shower is not smart. On diamonds, soaps, oils, and lotions frequently leave a coating that reduces the brilliance. You won't impact the integrity of the diamond, but you'll need to have your gemstone jewelry deep-cleaned, which is time-consuming and raises the possibility that a stone could become loose in the future.
- We frequently advise using warm water and a small amount of mild dish soap to clean 18k gold-plated jewelry. However, prolonged contact with water, especially hot water, might diminish your jewelry's shine.
- When gold reaches extremely high temperatures, the metal becomes softer. Thus, hot water can cause your 18k gold to soften. As you may know already, soft gold is not ideal for jewelry use because it is more prone to bending and scratching. Soft gold cannot hold its shape as well as hard metal, so the shape of your piece may become unattractively warped over time.
- The humidity in the bathroom can increase as a result of shower steam because it causes tarnishing; bathroom humidity is harmful to 18k gold jewelry.
- The steam from a shower can also cause the settings on your 18k gold-plated jewelry to loosen by softening the metal. Remember, soft metal is not good for holding gemstones. Loose settings may cause loss, or a damaged stone. Your stone may fall on a hard surface and chip, if you are lucky, or will fall down the drain to be inevitably lost forever.
- If you do not dry your 18k gold-plated jewelry completely after showing, the moisture can cause the metal to tarnish. Tarnish is a type of corrosion that forms on the surface of metals when they are exposed to oxygen and moisture. It can cause the metal to turn yellow, brown, or black.
- Moisture can also cause the bright finish on your 18k gold-plated jewelry to turn dull and lifeless.