Ten Ways to Care for Your Gold Jewelry
Gold is something to be treasured through not only our lifetimes; it is something we pass on to our children and grandchildren. A little care can go a long way in ensuring that your gold stays glittering and new.
- Gold is a soft metal and contact with hard surfaces can scratch and damage its sheen. Gold can be scratched or dented if it’s treated roughly. So avoid doing heavy work with your gold jewelry on. Also, avoid contact with rough or grainy materials.
- Store your gold jewelry carefully. Don’t keep it all jumbled up in a drawer. Store all your items of jewelry separately – ideally wrapped in soft cloth. This protects your jewelry from scratches and also prevents chains from getting tangled.
- Try and avoid bathing with your gold jewelry on. While it may not harm the gold per se, soap and water can cause a film to form on the surface of the jewelry, making it appear dull and grimy.
- Keep your jewelry free from dust, moisture, sweat and makeup. Put on your gold after applying makeup. Ensure that your hands are clean.
- Avoid wearing gold jewelry when you are swimming. Chlorine can attack the surface of gold and lead to damage.
- Gently polish your gold jewelry with a soft, clean cloth to make the most of its shine.
- Don’t use abrasive cleaners on gold jewelry.
- The best way to clean gold is with a soft cloth or a special cleaning solution. Otherwise you could get it cleaned with an ultrasonic machine. You could also use a solution of mild detergent, warm water and a small amount of ammonia.
- After cleaning and rinsing, dry and polish with a soft cloth to avoid scratches and to bring back its shine.
- We recommend taking your gold jewelry to a jeweler once a year to fix any broken parts. Ask the jeweler to buff and clean the jewelry; it will look as good as new!