How To Clean Gold Jewelry
The most beautiful and most popular jewelry pieces are usually gold! By making use of gold plating, jewelry designers are able to craft and bring together remarkable jewelry pieces and shapes, while keeping the cost of these gorgeous pieces at an incredibly low price.
Because of this affordability, many people prefer to purchase gold plated jewelry for themselves and their loved ones. Unless you are lucky enough to be able to afford solid 18ct gold jewellery, gold plated jewellery is your go-to choice!
Here at Louisa Russell Jewellery we use sterling silver 925 as our base metal. Some other jewellers will use cheaper base metals such as brass or copper. Here, we will discuss everything that you need to know about cleaning your gold plated jewelry, ensuring that your gorgeous jewelry pieces will continue sparkling for years to come.
Now you may ask, how often do I need to clean my gold plated jewelry pieces? The answer is: after every time you wear the piece of jewelry! Here are step by step instructions on how you can thoroughly clean your gold jewelry pieces.
Wipe down each jewelry piece after you wear it
It is recommended to wipe down all of your gold plated jewelry with a damp cotton ball or a microfiber cloth after you wearit. This will remove specific body oils and soil that may be attached to the jewelry piece, which could cause the jewelry piece to become tarnished and dirty looking.
Mix a Cleaning Solution To Clean The Jewelry
If the jewelry piece is visibly dirty or feels as though it is sticky, then you should clean it with a warm and soapy solution that will surely remove the dirt and stickiness! Grab a small bowl and mix in one cup of hot water with two to three drops of dishwashing liquid. This solution will be the answer to all of your dirty jewelry piece problems.
Soak the Jewelry Pieces In The Solution
After creating the cleaning solution, allow your jewelry pieces to soak in the solution for about 10 minutes. This will allow the oils and dirt to easily lift off of the jewelry pieces.
Get Out Embedded Dirt
For jewelry pieces with intricate designs, it is very easy for dirt to become trapped with particular grooves. Use a cotton swab or a soft toothbrush to get out any trapped dirt or oils that may be stuck within the grooves of intricate jewelry pieces. Never use sharp objects, such as paper clips or tiny knives to take out any dirt as it can scratch away at the gold plating of your jewelry piece! I have a small ultrasonic cleaner that I use to get out dirt from my jewellery. They can be purchased relatively cheaply online. They are fabulous for cleaning my glasses too without chemicals!
Rinse, Dry, and Buff Your Gold Jewelry Pieces
When you have deemed that your jewelry pieces are clean enough to wear, it’s time to take them out of the soapy solution that they have been soaking in and gently rinse the solution off with warm water. You should dry off your jewelry pieces with a linen-free cloth and gently buff the pieces to allow them to return back to the shine that they once had when you first purchased the jewelry piece. Be careful not to rub the gold hard otherwise you can take off some layers of the 18ct gold plating.