18k Gold and Sterling Silver Jewellery Care Guide

How it's made

All of our 18k Gold and Sterling Silver plated jewellery is made from a base metal of either stainless steel or brass and coated using the PVD method. Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD) is an environmentally friendly vacuum coating process that permeates the base metal. This provides a brilliant finish and an extremely tough, durable, long lasting coating. It is also nickel free and suitable for sensitive skin. 

The PVD coating allows our jewellery to be waterproof, tarnish free, sweat and regular wear resistant at much higher levels compared with gold plating. It is a fact that the PVD coating will stay longer, even when scratched, than traditional gold plating, while a gold plated product when scratched will reveal the base material. 

Your plated jewellery is waterproof, tarnish free and sweat/ regular wear resistant and will last for years and years if cared for correctly as per this care guide. If not cared for correctly, like any metal it will tarnish or dull in colour. To prolong the life of your jewellery and prevent this please follow our care advice below. 

As this jewellery is plated, you can wear it in the water or with tan etc and it will not tarnish immediately like costume jewellery. However, to look after and prolong the life and shine of your jewellery we do recommend that you try not to continuously: wear with tan, spray perfume directly onto it, avoid sweating or physical activities, avoid bathing or swimming with the necklace on etc. Everyday products like creams, tans, make up, sun tan lotion, body oils, hairspray, deodorant, antibacterial soap etc contain harsh chemicals which can destroy the plating. If you do wear your jewellery in the water or it comes into contact with any of the above please make sure you clean it gently with warm soapy water and gently wipe dry with a soft cloth after each wear. 

When washing your hands remove any rings as antibacterial soaps contain harsh chemicals. Put your jewellery on last.  

Silver is particularly susceptible to tarnishing so we recommend you treat it with extra care.

Cleaning your Jewellery

Clean your jewellery by wiping down each piece after every wear. Be as gentle as possible. Do not use a polishing cloth as its subtle texture may scratch the plating off. Instead use a cotton ball and very lightly wipe down your jewellery. You may use a very soft non abrasive cloth. Do not leave soaked in water, any harsh chemicals or use any polishing material.


Remove your jewellery before going to bed to prevent it becoming tangled, rubbing together with other metals or breaking. Store each jewellery piece individually in the cloth envelope/ drawstring bag it arrived in. This will make sure each piece is safely stored separately so they do not rub together or become tangled. If left tangled together the metals may react with each other and begin to tarnish. Never store gold and silver together. 

If you have any other questions please email us: hello@hausofdeck.com