Care and Cleaning of Your Gold Jewellery
Keep your gold jewelry looking fresh and new every time you wear it by cleaning and caring for it. Here’s how to keep your gold jewellery looking great for years to come.
Caring For Your Gold
When properly cared for, your gold jewellry will last for years and years. Here are a few things to keep in mind while caring and wearing your gold jewellry:
Gold is a soft metal.
This makes its susceptible to dings, dents and scratches. Always remove your gold jewellery, especially rings, bracelets and watches, prior to any sports or outdoor activity.
Don’t wear your gold jewellery at all while swimming! Chlorine can weaken gold structure, leading to breakage.
Remove or cover your gold jewellery while cleaning.
Household cleaners can affect gold and weaken it. Wear rubber gloves or remove your jewellery altogether when cleaning.
Always put your jewellery on last.
Makeup, hair products and perfumes all have chemicals that can harm jewellery and dull its finish. Putting your jewellery on last will help avoid any damage."
Cleaning Your Gold
Your gold jewellery is exposed to all kinds of potentially damaging elements every day, including skin oils, perspiration, makeup, chemicals and more. It’s important to keep your jewellery clean so it always looks good and to avoid weakening its structure. You can easily care for your jewellery at home with just a few easy steps.
Soak your jewellery.
Combine 10-parts warm water and 2-parts dish soap. Soak your gold jewellery for about 2-3 hours and then scrub gently with a soft toothbrush to remove any dirt or debris. Finally, blot dry with a soft, lint-free cloth.
Use a jewellery polishing cloth.
After cleaning, a quick wipe with a polishing cloth will restore its shine.
Use jeweller-approved cleaners.
Often, you can buy a jar of jewellery cleaner from your local jeweller. These cleaners are approved for cleaning many types of jewellery. Be sure to read the label thoroughly before using to avoid any type of damage.
Watch for damage.
When cleaning your jewellery, be on the lookout for any loose stones, weak clasps and broken chains. Get your piece to a jeweller for prompt repair.
Get your jewellery inspected.
Most reputable jewellers are happy to clean and inspect your fine jewellery - even if you didn’t purchase it from them. Take advantage of these services, as jewellers are specially trained to look for weakness and damage and can offer assistance if you need a repair.
Storing Your Gold
Because gold is a fairly soft metal, it deserves special care and handling. Proper storage of your gold jewellery is important to keep it looking shiny and new.
Use your jewellery box.
Most jewellery boxes feature felt- or fabric-lined boxes that keep jewellery separate for storage.
Wrap those special pieces.
Lint-free cloths, like those used to clean glasses or computer screens, are perfect for wrapping special items for safe storage.
Store pieces separately.
To avoid nicks and scratches, store each piece of jewellery in a separate compartment or soft cloth.
When properly cared for, your gold jewellery will last for a lifetime!