Gold that has been mixed with other alloy metals, like palladium and silver, is what makes up white gold. It’s plated with rhodium, and it’s popular because it’s so shiny! It’s easy to care for, but there are a few special steps you can take to keep your jewelry looking like new. Use warm water, detergent, and a soft cloth to clean your pieces, and visit a jeweler if any stones come loose.
Ways To Clean White Gold Jewelry
1- inspect your white gold jewelry for loose stones or broken clasps
Before you begin, take your piece of white gold jewelry and gently look it over. Loose stones or broken pieces need to be dealt with before you submerge the jewelry in water, otherwise you might lose something.Note:
If you notice loose or wiggling pieces, take your jewelry to a professional to have the piece repaired. Use a resealable plastic bag to transport it so that nothing gets lost along the way.
2- Mix mild dish soap with warm water to soak your white gold jewelry
Use about 1 teaspoon (4.9 ml) of mild dish soap and 1 to 2 cups (240 to 470 ml) of warm water. Stir the water with your fingers or a spoon to make the water bubbly. The warm water and soap will gently dislodge any dirt or grime on your jewelry.Note: If your jewelry is really dirty, add 3-4 drops of ammonia to the soapy water.
Don’t use hot water to clean your white gold jewelry.
3- soak your white gold jewelry in the soapy water for 20-25 minutes
This is the simple part! Just gently place your pieces in the water, set a timer, and walk away.
Note: If your jewelry pearls or onyx stones, don’t soak it. Rather, wrap the metal parts in a soft cloth that has been soaked in warm, soapy water
4- Just gently place your pieces in the water, set a timer, and walk away.
Note: If your jewelry has pearls onyx stones, don’t soak it. Rather, wrap the metal parts in a soft cloth that has been soaked in warm, soapy water.
5- Rinse off the soap and baking soda under warm water
When the pieces are shiny and there’s no more visible soap or paste, you can stop rinsing. Be sure to let water flow between any clasps to thoroughly rinse everything away.
Note: Either plug the sink or rinse the items out over a colander to prevent losing anything down the drain.
6- Dry and buff the white gold jewelry with a microfiber cloth
Gently rub each piece until it is dry. Get between clasps and in small areas that might be hard to reach. The microfiber towel will dry the white gold leaving no lint or fabric behind.
Note: You could also use a special jeweler’s cloth, if you have one.
*This advice by Jerry Ehrenwald
President, International Gemological Institute & Graduate Gemologist.