You may not realize it, but many of your everyday activities can damage your gold jewelry. Buildup from soaps and lotions, acid from citrus fruits and other foods, salt and oils from your sweat, and chemicals in everything from pools to cleaning products can all negatively affect gold’s finish and natural beauty. The best way to prevent this is to remove gold jewelry prior to engaging in activities where it may come in contact with damaging substances. If you have difficulty remembering to take your jewelry off, placing pretty jewelry dishes near sinks and exercise equipment will serve as a helpful visual reminder.
Polishing your jewelry at the end of the day before storing it will help maintain its original radiance and luster, and will minimize buildup of dirt and grime.When not in use, lay out your jewelry in a lined drawer, dish, or jewelry box, being particularly careful to keep pieces with gemstones separate as they can scratch other gold and silver jewelry. To keep tarnish-inducing moisture at bay, place a piece of chalk or a silica gel packet near your jewelry—this will be especially important in more humid climates or in homes with humidifiers or evaporative coolers. Taking a few minutes to care for your beloved gold jewelry each night will ensure it is ready to wear whether your outfit calls for an artisan ring, a timeless necklace, or both. Read on to discover how to clean your gold jewelry.
Cleaning Solid Gold Jewelry
Cleaning precious metals regularly is an important part of preserving their inherent luster as well as their value. For light buildup and tarnish, simply buff your gold jewelry with a soft cloth dipped in water or with a polishing cloth to restore its original shine. Resist the urge to reach for paper towels as they contain fibers that can scratch gold. Lint-free cloths such as those used to clean eyeglasses are one example of an appropriate choice.
For heavier buildup and tarnish, the cleaning method will vary based on the other elements incorporated into your jewelry. Begin by separating your exclusively gold pieces from your jewelry with gemstones and follow the appropriate instructions below.