Keeping your gold jewellery safe isn't limited to locking it away in a safe deposit box. Some chemicals may cause it to become dull or damage its appearance, and these chemicals can be found in everyday life. Continue reading to know what they are and how to protect your jewellery.
Perfumes and Lotions
These are popular items that can be found in almost every house, but they might unknowingly damage your gold jewellery. Perfumes contain a range of chemicals such as alcohol and oils that may react with gold. Over time, they can result in the metal appearing discoloured, taking away its beautiful shine. While perfume doesn't damage gold, it can be frustrating to see your once-beautiful jewellery become tarnished. On the other hand, lotions, when dried, can produce a coating on jewellery. If they are not cleaned properly, your accessories will look dirty and grimy.
Household Cleaning Solutions
We all want our homes to be clean and tidy, but did you know that some cleaning solutions can harm our precious gold jewellery? They can contain harsh chemicals that, over time, lead to discolouration, tarnishing, and even corrosion of gold.
Ammonia and bleach are common ingredients in these solutions. And while they might be effective in clearing out grime and dirt, they can potentially damage your jewellery. You won't be able to see the harm done overnight, but with constant exposure, it can lead to corrosion and tarnishing. Acids and abrasives may also leave scratches on gold because it is a soft metal, giving it an appearance of deterioration.
A long soak in a hot tub or pool can be a great way to relax and calm your mind. They might be good for your body and soul, but they can be damaging to gold jewellery due to the presence of chlorine. This chemical can cause severe damage due to its corrosive nature. It reacts with the metal, weakening it and causing it to become brittle over time. This can result in your jewellery breaking or deforming, and in severe cases, it may become irreparable.
How can you protect your gold jewellery?
As these chemicals may be found in our everyday life, or we might come into contact with them regularly, keeping jewellery safe can seem difficult. But we have some simple tips below to help you get started!
- Remove them when cleaning.
- Wear them after putting on makeup and/or perfume.
- Leave them out of hot tubs, showers, and baths.
- Have them inspected by a professional regularly.
We hope this article has helped you have a better understanding of how to better preserve the beauty of your gold jewellery for years to come!
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