Gold jewelry has a distinct beauty that many desire. It does not tarnish like other metals do, but it does get very dirty from oils in the skin, body lotions, perfumes and make-up. Here is how to clean your gold and how to maintain it.
YOU WILL NEED:
- Mild dish detergent
- Small bowl
- Jewelry brush or baby toothbrush (ensure it has soft bristles)
- Soft cloth
- Jewelry polishing cloth
Before starting your cleaning procedure make sure to close the drain of the sink you’re using, or insert a strainer into the drain. The last thing you want is to see your precious jewelry slipping down the drain.
First, fill the bowl with about 2 cups of warm to hot water (as hot as you can stand), and add a few drops of mild dish-detergent such as Ivory or Sunlight.
Next, place the gold jewelry piece(s) into the solution and let is soak for about 10 minutes. Then, gently scrub the gold with a soft brush to get rid of any dirt and build-up.
Finally, rinse the piece thoroughly with warm water and dry with a soft polishing cloth.
USING AMMONIA (with caution):
If a piece is particularly dirty and and some of the grime will not come off, we recommend using a mild solution of ammonia and water.
Note that using ammonia as a cleaning method is one that should be used sparingly on gold jewelry. It’s very effective in removing dirt and grime, but cleaning too frequently with ammonia can leave your gold jewelry damaged or tinted!
Ammonia or an ammonia-solution should NEVER be used on jewelry that is set with soft or porous gemstones, such as pearls, coral, turquoise, or any other soft gemstone!! It will cause irreversible damage to your precious jewelry.
If in doubt, or when the piece does not come clean, take it to a professional. Most stores will clean your jewelry at no charge!
The cleaning method is primarily the same as the first technique, except that instead of just plain water, you will use a solution of 1 part ammonia with 6 parts water in the small bowl.
In addition, you must only allow the piece to be in the solution for no more than 60 seconds! Rinse very thoroughly after that, and dry your clean jewelry with a soft polishing cloth as with the initial process.
- Store gold jewelry away from other metal jewelry to avoid scratches. Using small pouches or separate compartments in a jewelry box works well.
- Keep your gold jewelry away from household cleaners such as bleach as they can cause damage.
- Remove your gold jewelry before bathing as the soap will dull the gold surface.
- Remove your gold jewelry before swimming as the chlorine will discolor the gold.
- Gold is a soft metal so handle with care to avoid scratching and bending.
- Cleaning your gold jewelry after each use with a soft polishing cloth will keep it shinier longer.
We hope you found this article helpful in getting an overall sense of how to clean and care for your gold jewelry. However, should you have any additional questions about this or any other jewelry related topics, you can always: “Ask the Jeweller”