Gold plating of jewelry has always been an industry standard and has been a common practice for centuries. When gold was first discovered in South America, early natives made it a habit to wear gold plated necklaces, earrings, bracelets, and rings as a way to honor their ancestors and gods. The use of gold plating dates back to the ancient Egyptians. They would decorate themselves by wearing gold items to show off to their visitors and protect them from the sun. At that time, gold was still considered a valuable metal. Over the years, gold plated items were a symbol of opulence, luxury, social status, and even power.
While gold plating is not as popular today as it once was, it is still widely used. Gold plated jewelry is usually cheaper than pure gold, which is one reason people go for this option.