How to take care of Gold
With regularly wearing gold your gold jewelry will eventually accumulate a film of soap, body oils, and even grease. Taking proper care of your fine gold jewelry means maintaining your jewelry when you’re not wearing it and regularly cleaning it to remove regular build up and occasional tarnish.Taking care of your gold jewelry can ensure that it continues to be a point of pride throughout your lifetime.
The Best Ways To Take Care Of Gold Jewelry
Regular Cleaning Tips:
1- Mix mild dish detergent with warm water:
Dish detergent is the best option for cleaning your gold jewelry because it’s less abrasive than other cleaners. Squirt a few drops of liquid dish detergent into a small bowl full of warm water and swirl the water to mix it.
2- Soak your jewelry
You can leave your jewelry in the soap mixture for up to three hours. You can’t over-clean gold with this mixture, so don’t worry about leaving it in too long. If your jewelry isn’t that dirty, you can leave it in for ten to fifteen minutes.
Notes: If your jewelry has stones, don’t soak it. Instead, mix the cleaning mixture and then dip a soft cloth into it. Then use the cloth to carefully wipe down your jewelry.
3- Rub your jewelry one piece at a time
This helps you avoid scratching any of your other jewelry while you’re cleaning it. Dip the piece of jewelry in the soapy water, and then stroke it with your fingers (you can also use a cotton swab).Note: If you have a heavily ornamented piece with many cracks and crevices, or if your jewelry is very tarnished, you can use a soft-bristled child's toothbrush. Be very gentle when using such a brush.
4- Rinse your gold jewelry in warm water
Make sure that all traces of suds are gone, especially if you’re cleaning a heavily ornamented piece. The water should run clear when you’re finished.
5- Dry your jewelry with a soft cloth
You don’t want to put your jewelry away wet. Use a soft cloth to gently rub the jewelry until it’s dry. You can also leave the jewelry out to air dry, usually overnight.
6- Clean your jewelry every few months
Every three months, give all of your gold jewelry a good, deep clean. Let your jewelry soak in the cleaning solution for three hours before you clean each piece.
Note: Don't perform this type of clean on your jewelry more than a few times a year. Over cleaning gold jewelry can cause the metal to break down, which can ruin your jewelry.
Maintaining Your Gold Jewelry:
1- Remove your gold jewelry before showering, bathing, or cleaning
The exposure to soap and chemicals can dull the gold, causing more frequent cleanings. It can also scratch or break down the gold, which is a soft metal and easily damaged.
2- Don’t wear your gold jewelry in the pool
Chlorine, like other chemicals, can permanently discolor gold. You should take your jewelry off before going into a hot tub or swimming pool.
3- Store your gold jewelry separately
It’s important to make sure your pieces of gold jewelry don’t touch any other jewelry when they’re being stored. Because gold is a soft metal, it can easily scratch or bend out of shape if it comes into contact with other pieces of jewelry.
- If you don’t have enough space to store each piece separately, try wrapping each piece in a soft cloth.
- Hang up gold chains if possible. This prevents them from getting tangled trying to untangle gold chains can easily break them.
4- Buff your gold jewelry occasionally
Even if your jewelry doesn’t need to be cleaned, buffing it occasionally is a good way to maintain it. Use a soft chamois cloth and stroke the surface of the piece. It can help restore the shine of the jewelry right away, without further cleaning.
- you should never use toothpaste or baking soda to clean your gold.
- If your gold jewelry has precious stones, or crystals in it, do not clean it with soap.
- Some jewelry stores recommend using ammonia to clean your gold jewelry, while others recommend against it.
Things you’ll need
- Soft chamois cloth.
- Mild dish detergent.
- Warm water.
- Small bowl.
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* This advice by Mark Sandler .
Mark Sandler is a Graduate of the Gemological Institute of America, and a Jeweler with over 30 years of experience. His family business, Designer Jewels, has been designing handmade jewelry for five generations. Mark is a member of the American Society of Appraisers and the American Gem Society.