High quality gold plated chains give you the same look and feel as solid gold jewelry but at a much lower cost. But the bottom line is that if it is plated, it will eventually fade and lose it's color. The reason is because gold plating gets eaten away slowly by moisture, humidity and sweat. The best thing you can do for a chain is to avoid water and sweat. Don't wear it outdoors on a super hot day or you're going to get alot of sweat on the chain. The acidity in the sweat will be make your chain fade faster. Secondly, don't wear gold plated items every single day. Try to wear them on special occasions and going out only. Check the NO FADING CHAINS section for chains that can be worn daily with no worries about changing colors.
Cleaning Gold Plated Chains
There is nothing special required to clean gold plated chains. No special chemicals or cleaners needed. You just need a soft cloth to wipe off any oils from skin contact. Once in a while you can use warm soapy water and give it a quick bath too. Other than that, there is nothing else you need to do.
We carry chains for different budgets, so some will be higher quality than others. Here is a quick guide.
Basic Quality - Chains made out of brass with normal 14k gold plating. Description of the item will say brass and the item is usually under $20.
High Quality - Chains made out of stainless steel or sterling silver, with thick gold plating. Most of these chains will say IP plating in the description or it will say Italian made gold dipped. These chains cost more but the gold plating will last longer.
Enjoy your chains, but just make sure to take extra care. With proper care and limited use, these chains last years.