Restoring gold plating is surprisingly simple.

How to Restore Gold Tone to Jewelry

by David Lipscomb

Gold plating adds a classic sheen to any necklace or bracelet. However, plating is typically thin and comes off easily from normal wear and tear or overly aggressive polishing. Home kits exist for refinishing gold plated pieces, meaning the overall expense -- and amount of time you're without the piece -- is dramatically reduced, especially if you need to re-plate multiple pieces.

1 Plug the electroplating device into AC power.

2 Locate the black and red alligator clips, included with the kit.

3 Fasten the black clip to the section of jewelry you wish to re-plate.

4 Soak the plating brush in the solution selected to match the gold of your existing piece. This is determined by looking at the stamp on or near the buckle or clasp of the necklace or bracelet.

5 Attach the red alligator clip to the end of the applicator brush.

6 Rub the brush gently against the section of the piece that needs restoring. Continue until the tarnished piece matches the rest of the bracelet or necklace.

Items you will need

  • Electroplating kit

About the Author

David Lipscomb is a professional writer and public relations practitioner. Lipscomb brings more than a decade of experience in the consumer electronics and advertising industries. Lipscomb holds a degree in public relations from Webster University.

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