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Why does the gold coloring on costume jewelry rub off, and is there a way to prevent it?

Asked by Ponderer983 (6416points) July 21st, 2010

So I have a bunch of gold colored costume jewelry that on all of them, as soon as I wear it and start sweating a bit (especially my necklaces) the finish rubs offf and now it’s the silver color of the metal underneath. Is there a way to prevent this from happening? It doesn’t happen with my silver colored costume jewelry, unless I just don’t notice it because the silver finish is wearing away to a silver metal. I want to be able to wear/buy more gold toned costume jewelry but I don’t want to if this is going to happen with all of it!

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Luffle's avatar

It’s losing its color because it’s gold-plated. Sweat increases the rate of the jewelry losing its color and although you can get it re-plated, it is probably not worth it.

If you want it to last longer, make sure not to wear it when you shower or try to not wear it when you are sweating.

If you really insist on wearing gold jewelry, paint the jewelry with a clear coat of nail polish. It will prevent the jewelry from losing its color.

gailcalled's avatar

@Ponderer983: Get one piece of real gold. It will last forever.

Ponderer983's avatar

@gailcalled I do have real gold, but not all my jewelry can be real. I don’t have money like that.

@Luffle Yeah – not worth it to re-plate it, and unfortunately, I can’t control my sweat glands to not sweat while wearing fake gold jewelry

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

Clear nailpolish.

MaryW's avatar

Yes, the clear nail polish works.

YARNLADY's avatar

Coat each piece with clear nail polish – oh wait, other people already suggested this – that’s because it works.

kimmisofly4's avatar


it really does work

Ponderer983's avatar

@everyone hahaha So I can brush clear nail polish onto a long link chain necklace? Won’t they stick together?

kimmisofly4's avatar

dry them before you bunch em together. if you apply it with time it should be okay

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