How To Care For Gold Jewelry

by Ade Yemi on November 07, 2018

Are your jewelries tarnished? With this simple primer, you can make sure all that is gold glitters again.

 

How to clean

Jewelry experts swear that this homemade combination works just as well as chemical cleaners: In a large bowl, mix 2 parts of dish soap and 10 parts of warm water. Soak the jewelry for 3 hours, then lightly scrub them with a soft, clean toothbrush. (This method is also safe for any pieces with diamonds.) Rinse in warm water. Thoroughly dry with a microfibre cloth and then polish with a jewelry cloth (available from most jewelers). Repeat as often as needed. You can not clean gold too much.

 

How to maintain

Ideally, you should take gold pieces to a jeweler every year to check for loose parts. And while you are there, get them steamed and buffed until they are super shiny.

 

How to store

Your jewelry should be the last thing you wear in the morning and the first thing you take off at night. This way, your necklace will not get spritzed with perfume and your earrings will not get stuck in your clothes. To avoid scratches and tangles, separate pieces on velvet-lined trays, in compartment boxes, or in small plastic bags with zippers.

 

3 common problems - Solved

1. A knotted chain: First you undo the clasp. Then apply olive oil to the knot and lay the chain on a flat surface. Using two pins, set to work untangling the knot. Then clean the chain using the method described above.
2. A broken Chain: Take it to a specialist who will weld the parts and add more gold if needed. The price depends on the complexity.
3. Scratches: Cleaning and polishing with a jewelry cloth reduces the appearance of scratches. To eliminate a deep mark, look for a professional.

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