Stainless Steel vs Gold Plated

Stainless Steel

Pros: Stainless steel is a highly durable metal, allowing it to withstand the wear and tear of everyday activities, which can otherwise damage jewelry. The hard metal resists scratches and corrosion thanks to an invisible layer of chromium that prevents oxidation; this makes it a wonder metal of choice for body jewelry.

Care: Cleaning stainless steel requires no special agent or tools. All you need is warm water, a cloth, and dish detergent. After cleaning, polish it lightly with a dry cloth to remove remaining water spots.

Gold-Plated

Gold plated jewelry has a thin layer of gold overlaying a base metal such as zinc, copper or nickel. The amount of gold is minimal in this type of jewelry, and this leads to a much lower value. This type of jewelry can also tarnish, chip and flake away.

Pros: Gold plated jewelry has an attractive finish that looks like real gold. It is fairly strong, durable, and more affordable than gold filled or solid gold items.       

Cons: The gold layer of gold plated pieces are thinner than that of gold filled pieces, and will normally wear off over time.