I love gold jewelry, and I think there’s nothing prettier than a simple gold necklace against a bare neck. Over the years, I’ve picked up affordable pieces of jewelry (waiting in line at Madewell, finding a pretty piece on Etsy, etc) but I’ve noticed something: some of the pieces I buy quickly tarnish, leaving that dreaded green line on my finger, while others miraculously stay gold and last for years. So I did a little digging the other day and realized: it’s the difference of one word. Gold plated versus gold filled. Plated fades after a short time (it’s literally a base metal, often brass, quickly dipped into a bath of solution that contains a small percentage of gold), while gold filled will stay untarnished for years. The best part? You can easily find gold filled jewelry for under $30. I’m always on the fence about buying cheap jewelry but now that I know this I’m psyched to treat myself to something new, like this cute ring from Favor Jewelry.