Gold is without a doubt one of our most prized possessions. However, do you know there are steps that need to be taken to maintain the beauty of your gold jewelry? If left on its own, it will not tarnish or lose its shine. However, with regular use, gold can pick up a film of soap, body oil and grease. It’s important to take the right steps into caring for your gold jewelry to ensure it stays brand new and shiny!
How do I clean my gold jewelry at home?
To clean your jewelry, first you will need to take it off. Soak your jewelry in a bowl filled with lukewarm water and 2-3 drops of mild detergent. Avoid using any harsh chemical such a bleach or chlorine as this will damage the gold. After soaking your jewelry, use your fingers and a soft bristle brush to rub off the dirt. After removing the dirt build up, you may use a jewelry polishing cloth (available at most jewelry stores) and polish your gold to remove scratches. It is also advisable to take your gold jewelry to a professional jeweler for a deeper clean, polish, and inspection every six to 12 months.
Can I wear my jewelry during a bath or when I go swimming?
We recommend taking your jewelry off during a bath or a swim. Soaps tend to build up and form a film on your jewelry. You should also do the same during a swimming session, as pools have chlorine and seawater is bad for your jewelry. With that being said, if you’re an active person who plays high-contact sport, you are at risk of scratching your gold. In this case, we suggest removing the jewelry before playing.
Where should I keep my gold jewelry?
Wrap your gold jewelry in a soft cloth when not in use. We recommend investing in a jewelry box with silica gel packets, which absorbs moisture to safely store all your gold jewelry. Keeping your jewelry together will also cause scratches when they rub against one another. The idea is to store your gold jewelry separately and keep it away from a moist environment like the bathroom.
What should I avoid using when cleaning my gold jewelry at home?
It’s important to clean your jewelry on a regular basis but do take note of the following cleaning materials :
- Abrasive cleaner
- Hard brushes
- Baking soda
Avoid using these cleaning items on your jewelry at all costs. They will either scratch or weaken the metal. Only use mild detergent to clean your jewelry at home as this will do the job just fine.
How often should I clean my gold jewelry?
You should clean your jewelry once a month, maybe more if you use it regularly. Only clean it when you notice dirt buildup. Avoid cleaning your jewelry before it gets dirty especially if it has gemstones or jewels.
These simple practices will help to keep your jewelry in great shape and more durable. A little cleaning and polishing can go a long way for your gold. So, remember to take good care of your precious jewelry!