How to Clean Gold Jewelry
Keeping your favorite gold jewelry looking new is very important especially when it is a family heirloom. By keeping the following tips in mind you will be able to pass your very special pieces of family jewelry down for many more generations to come!
Almost all gold jewelry isn't pure gold. Pure gold is 24-karat and it is a soft, pliable metal that is too flexible to be used in rings and necklaces where it will quickly become misshapen. Gold jewelry typically has other metals added to strengthen it for everyday wear. An 18-karat gold piece, for example, will contain 18 parts gold and 6 parts other metals.
White gold is an alloy formed by mixing gold with other metals, typically silver, palladium, and nickel. The alloy is plated with rhodium, a member of the platinum group, to give it the brilliant luster white gold is known for. This plating is important to consider while caring for your white gold jewelry. Other colors of gold, such as red and rose gold, are not plated and are colored by varying the amount and type of metals used in the alloy.
- Gold jewelry can be scratched easily- don't store it with other jewelry or clumped together as it will scratch itself.
- When cleaning your gold jewelry, be sure to use a jewelry cleaner that does not contain any harsh chemicals that could harm either your gemstone or the setting. A soft brush or cloth can be used to clean any buildup.
- To maintain the "just like new" sheen, the rhodium plating of white gold jewelry should be reapplied every year by a professional jeweler. As the plating wears away a white gold piece will, over time, look more yellow than white.
- Be gentle with your cleaning- roughly scrubbing white gold jewelry can remove the rhodium plating or thin yellow gold jewelry.
Cleaning Gold Jewelry
Everyday Tips – How to Care for Gold Jewelry
Don’t forget these instructions when wearing your gold jewelry! There are several instances that can be detrimental to the lifetime of your favorite gold pieces. Shop Michael C. Fina’s beautiful gold jewelry!