This may seem like a bit of an odd review, but tarnished jewellery is something which bugs me no end. I hate finding a lovely little piece of costume jewellery and having to throw it out after only a couple of wears because the gold colour has rubbed off or the silver colour has gone dark and horrible.
I'd like to say I've found the solution, but sadly not. I cam across this gold plating kit, but it only works on fine jewellery metals, so sadly I can't gold plate some of my favourite costume jewellery.
My best tip for stopping costume jewellery from tarnishing is to paint it with a protective layer of clear nail varnish when you first buy it - I learnt this from @fluffypinkystar
I still bought the kit even though it's not suitable for costume jewellery as I have a lot of Sterling silver jewellery that I no longer wear. Gold was always what my Mum wore and I only ever wore Silver and couldn't imagine a day I would change my mind. Then I got into gold costume jewellery, later I got my gold watch and all of a sudden I don't want to wear any of my silver any more. So... I decided I'd have a go at gold plating some of my silver rings.
First off you clean the jewellery in the special solution to prepare it.
I also wanted to gold plate the Alice in wonderland necklace here, but it wasn't a compatible metal so I just did the rings.
You pop the jewellery you want to gold plate into the little basket with the metal activator disk which creates a chemical reaction with the liquid gold solution. The solution only reacts with metals, so the stones on the rings will be unharmed.
I had to warm the jar containing the liquid gold solution in the microwave for 50 seconds before dipping my rings
You only leave them in for 10 seconds or so - you can see the colour change. You then need to rinse them in water straight away and then polish them with a special gold polish.
Here are the rings just after plating
And here they are after the whole process was finished looking pretty blinging
I paid £27.95 including postage to get this set from QVC. Initially I was really happy with the results and set about dipping some more rings. However, when I was wearing one of the rings in the picture I started to notice the gold plating rubbing off! I didn't expect it to last forever, but I also didn't expect it to come off during the first wear!
I may try re-dipping to see if it makes any difference, but I think I'm going to send this back for a refund. The results look good, but if they don't last there's no point!
Have you ever tried anything like this? Do you have any tips for rescuing tarnished costume jewellery?