Tarnish-free gold jewellery sounds too good to be true and often it is, unless you’re ready to really invest. With "waterproof", "sweat-proof" and "swim-proof" jewellery styles dominating social media, how do you avoid the dreaded green-tinged fingers? Or be certain that "gold" necklace won’t resemble a rusty spoon after a couple of swims in the sea? Forever sceptical of grand marketing claims, I set out to find out.
The general consensus among jewellery experts is that solid gold is the only way to guarantee your jewellery will remain tarnish-free. That said, many budget-friendly brands have put a new gold-plating technique into practice and so far it’s seen impressive results. Known as physical vapor deposition (PVD), this new technique is ten times thicker than regular gold plating, making pieces much less susceptible to corrosion, tarnishing or fading. Comparing the real-deal investment pieces with these cost-friendly PVD picks, I’m yet to notice a difference in the tarnish-free stakes following several showers, sea swims and sweat sessions.
Keep scrolling to read my reviews of tarnish-free jewellery brands to suit every budget, from standout styles you’ll want to save up for to payday pick-me-ups that seem to last just as long.
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