Smart shoppers know that gold plated jewelry is just as beautiful as solid gold, but costs just a fraction of what you’d pay for a solid gold piece. Gold plated jewelry is made by taking base metal or sterling silver, and covering it with a thin layer of gold. This technique is also sometimes referred to as “vermeil”, a term that specifically describes 925 sterling silver which has been plated with gold. No matter what you call it, the following 10 necklaces make great gifts for yourself or a loved one. Here are 10 of the best gold plated necklaces you can buy right now.
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1. Jardin Gold-Plated Leaf Links Bib Necklace
This gorgeous statement necklace looks incredible with a little black dress. The delicate veins of the leaves give the necklace balance, transforming what could be an overwhelming piece of jewelry into something elegant. The cutout design also helps to minimize the overall weight of the necklace. The lobster-claw clasp makes it easy for her to put on her own jewelry. This particular piece is made from gold plated base metal, which helps to cut down costs. If you need a stunning piece of jewelry, this is a great option that works for women of all ages.
2. Custom 18k Gold Plate Name Necklace
This gold plate necklace is available in any name or word you like, provided its 10 characters or less, with no spaces. The first letter will be capitalized. This necklace is available in various lengths: 14, 16, 18, 20, or 22 inches. This custom necklace is a great gift for a birthday, anniversary, or other special occasion. Want to see more gifts like this? Check out our guide to the best personalized jewelry gift ideas.
Price: $32.90 (13 percent off MSRP)
3. Amazon Collection Hand Polished Plated Heart Chain Locket Necklace
This classic locket is made from gold-plated brass. The interior of the locket has room for two photos. The interior could house a picture of her partner, photos of her parents, or photographs of the kids.
Price: $30 (50 percent off MSRP)
4. Amazon Collection Rose Gold-Plated Rose Quartz & Created White Sapphire Pendant
Rose gold is a huge trend right now, and this plated pendant shows just how great rose gold can look when it’s done right. The teardrop-shaped pendant is chic and elegant. The multi-cut rose quartz at the center is framed with small created white sapphire stones, which look captivating by candlelight. Some people feel that gold-plate jewelry isn’t as luxe as solid gold, but this piece proves that gold plate can look upscale.
Price: $77.06 (23 percent off MSRP)
5. Gold Plate Trinity Knot Necklace
Shopping for a woman who has Celtic ancestry? This gold-plate and crystal pendant is a thoughtful gift choice. Because Celtic trinity knots often represent the Holy Trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit), this is a nice gift to give during important religious moments in a woman’s life. It’s also a great “just because” gift.
6. Freida Rothman ‘Hamptons’ Collection Gold Solitaire Drop Necklace
This stunning 14k gold vermeil solitaire drop necklace is a great pendant for every day wear, or to be saved for special occasions. The chain measures 16 inches, but an included extender increases the length by two inches. There’s a leatherette pouch included for storage purposes.
7. Campbell V-Shape Chest Plate Necklace
This necklace works as an understated statement piece, but it would also look fabulous layered with a bunch of other necklaces of varying lengths. The V-shape of the pendant is a great way to highlight the bust line. Designer Michelle Campbell’s pieces are designed to be delicate and feminine, but still durable enough to be passed down from generation to generation.
8. Kenneth Jay Lane Gold-Plated Crystal and Epoxy Necklace
Like your gold jewelry with a pop of color? This gold-plate design features alternating round crystal and epoxy stones in hammered settings. The hook closure, while not the most secure option, is easy for women to do themselves. That makes this necklace especially appealing for older women with arthritis. This would also be a stunning piece for a woman with dark blue eyes.
9. Kris Nations State Necklace
Okay, technically this design isn’t gold-plated, but we couldn’t resist including it anyway. Some of these state necklaces from Kris Nations are gold-filled, rather than gold-plated. Gold filled jewelry consists of a layer of gold that is pressure bonded to another metal. Gold filled jewelry has double the gold of gold plated pieces. Gold filled is also more tarnish resistant.
These cool state necklaces are available for all 50 states. Some designs are listed as gold-plated, while others are listed as gold-filled. We’re guessing it has something to do with the different shapes of the states, with more complicated shapes likely needing to be treated with special care because of their shape.
10. T Tahari ‘Signature’ Pendant Necklace
This signature necklace looks stunning with a little black dress, or with your normal work clothes. The solitary bezel-set crystal looks like a diamond, but for a fraction of the price. The chain measures 16 inches, with a three-inch extender.
Price: $22.80 (40 percent off MSRP)
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