What's the difference between Solid Gold and Gold Plated?
Many of our "Ready to Ship" rings are made with gold plating. This is what makes the price tag so much less expensive than solid gold rings. Essentially it is a tungsten or black zirconium ring dipped in gold, and the gold plating does tend to fade over time as it mixes with your skin’s oils.
Solid Gold will oxidize a little over time but it will never fade the way gold plating does. The price tag is certainly higher, but Solid Gold is made to last and does retain its value, unlike it's plated friend.
Long term, plated jewelry will need more care than Solid Gold. With all plated jewelry, you’ll want to take it to a local jeweler about every 2 years or so and have it re-plated. This is usually a nominal fee. You will also want to keep it away from harsh chemicals (bleach, Lysol, hand sanitizer) as those will fade the gold plating faster than normal. If the plating is wearing after less than a year, that is covered under our one year no hassle warranty, so we are happy to replace it. More on the warranty here.
To learn a whole ton more about gold plated vs. gold alloy jewelry, please see here.