When it comes to jewellery, we often take for granted the importance of maintaining its beauty. But even a piece as simple as an 18k gold diamond ring or 14k gold stud earrings can be dulled by dust, dirt and debris that accumulates over time. Regular cleaning will help to keep your gold jewellery looking its best and, in some cases, can even prevent tarnish or corrosion from developing.
The first step in cleaning your jewellery is to remove it from its earring hooks and to gently wipe away any visible dirt or build-up with a clean, lint-free cloth. A soft, toothbrush will also work well as it has tiny bristles that allow you to reach in any nooks and crannies of engraved jewellery where dirt tends to build up or hide.
If your jewellery is particularly dirty or heavily oxidised, you can clean it by combining warm water and soap in a bowl and soaking your jewellery for 10-15 minutes. Be sure to use a solution of mild dishwashing soap, as harsher cleaners could damage your precious metal. You can also use a commercial jewellery cleaner designed specifically for gold, as per the instructions on the label. Alternatively, you can simply rinse your jewellery in plain water, using a cotton cloth to dry it. Be careful not to use paper towels as they can scratch your gold, especially on higher karats.
Taking your jewellery off when doing dishes, laundry and other chores is a good idea as it will keep it from getting tainted by chemicals such as chlorine. Similarly, it is recommended that you remove your gold jewellery before showering as the water can cause it to taint.
Another great way to clean your gold jewellery is by rubbing it with a small amount of toothpaste on a soft-bristled brush and rinsing it thoroughly before wiping it dry with a lint-free cloth. Never use vinegar on jewellery containing gemstones, as the acid can damage or discolour them.
The simplest, most effective method of cleaning gold is by simply using a mixture of warm water and a little mild soap. Soak your jewellery for about 10 minutes, then gently scrub it with a soft-bristled brush (a toothbrush is a perfect choice, again as it has tiny bristles) before rinsing and drying with a lint-free fabric. If your gold jewellery has engraved or carved details, pay particular attention to the crevices where dirt tends to hide and cling to. This will make it easier to remove and will protect the surface of your jewellery. Be sure to gently rinse your jewellery and dry it completely before putting it back into storage. If you are unsure about cleaning your jewellery or need further advice, contact a Q Certified Jeweller. Alternatively, you can book in your jewellery for professional cleaning and polishing. This will usually be free of charge for pieces with a Q Insurance Policy. cleaning gold jewellery