How long do gold plated jewelry last?
Determining exactly how long a gold-plated chain or other gold-plated piece will last can be difficult because it is influenced by a number of factors. If the plating is relatively thick, it can last longer than a piece with thin plating. Pieces that are worn on a daily basis will also tend to wear out more quickly because they often come into contact with the outside world and with elements that can cause damage. On average, gold-plated jewelry can last for about two years before the gold plating begins to tarnish and wear out. However, the time frame can be much shorter or longer depending on whether or not you decide to properly maintain your jewelry collection. When the gold plating begins to fade, you may want to consider taking it to a jeweler to be re-plated rather than replacing it completely.