How to Clean Gold Jewelry the Right Way
The simplest method with the fewest chemicals is always the safest for cleaning jewelry at home. However, depending on the characteristics of your jewelry, there are more precise techniques to clean it. Because gold jewelry is so popular, let’s go through how to clean it in between jeweler visits.
Properties of Gold Jewelry
24-carat gold is always pure gold. If your item is less than 24 karats, it has been alloyed (combined with other metals to boost hardness and durability). This isn’t always a negative thing. The less pure gold you want in your jewelry, the more active your lifestyle is. Because gold is a soft metal that scratches easily, mixing it with 10 or more parts alloy will extend its life.
How to Clean Gold Jewelry
A gold-specific jewelry cleaning solution is a safe and effective approach to keeping your gold in great condition. Just make sure it says “gold” in the description!
You can clean your handmade emerald jewelry at home without using any professional solutions by following these simple steps:
- Mix a bit of Dawn dish detergent in warm, not hot, water.
- Add a few drops of ammonia.
- Carefully brush with a new, baby-size soft toothbrush.
- Place in lukewarm water to rinse.
- Air dry or carefully towel-dry with a paper towel or regular cloth.
Remember: gold is a soft metal. Be gentle during the brushing and drying processes.
Hazards to Avoid When Cleaning Jewelry
Because gold jewelry is prone to tarnish*, there are a few items to stay away from:
Soap – Avoid any soap that contains unknown components. Remove your gold jewelry before showering to avoid accumulating a film from other body washes. Basic blue Dawn dish soap is good.
Chlorine – Chlorine can permanently harm or discolor your gold jewelry, especially at high temperatures like those seen in a hot tub. When cleaning with chlorine bleach, remember to remove it as well!
Although pure gold does not tarnish, practically all gold jewelry, as previously stated, is an alloy. There is a potential for tarnish depending on the percentage of other metals used with the gold. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.
Jewelry with Colored Gemstones
We recommend contacting your jeweler about the safest at-home cleaning approach for any jewelry with stones other than pure diamonds due to the nature of many colored gemstones. After extraction, many natural gemstones are treated or enhanced, which has an impact on how you clean your jewelry.
If you don’t have time to visit your jeweler, skip the ammonia and give your piece a brief dip in the soap and water solution instead. Almost any colored stone jewelry is safe to use with this procedure.
Visiting Your Jeweler
While the procedure mentioned above is the finest way to clean your Water resistant jewelry at home, nothing beats a professional cleaning from your jeweler.
Your jeweler will know the correct processes for each type of gemstone and metal, as well as inspect your item for any damage. A semi-annual visit to your local jeweler is always recommended!