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6 Ways to Clean Gold Jewellery

Your gold jewellery is a prized possession and whether you are selling it or wearing it, you want it to look as bright and fresh as the day you bought it.
Gold doesn’t tarnish easily but oils, dirt, and lotions can all leave their mark on your glimmering gold.
Listed below are some easy methods of cleaning gold jewellery. Also, remember that the safest way to get your jewellery clean is to bring it to a professional. However, with proper care and knowledge you can do a very good job on your own at home.

Soap and Water
Dish soap and warm water actually works pretty well for cleaning your gold jewellery. Fill up a bowl with some soapy solution and let your jewellery soak for 15 minutes. Then use a soft bristled toothbrush and gently brush your jewellery clean. Use light pressure otherwise your jewellery could be scratched. Rinse your jewellery and then dry it.

Gold Jewellery With Gemstones
Dampen a soft fiber cloth with some soapy water. Wipe the jewellery and rinse it with a wet towel. Leave the jewellery upside down over a dry towel so the moisture doesn’t drain into the gemstones’ settings.

Use some toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush to scrub away dirt and oil. You can also use toothpaste on a soft cloth in a similar fashion. Scrub gently and don’t use this method too often since toothpaste does have mild abrasive that can slightly dull a mirror smooth finish.

Only use this method every so often. It is very effective, but it can cause your gold jewellery to become damaged if done too often. Mix a bowl of solution (1 part ammonia to 6 parts water). Soak your gold jewellery for less than 1 minute. Rinse with water and dry.

Alcohol works great for cleaning gold jewellery. The only catch to this method is that if you have gemstones held in place with glue, the alcohol will eat the glue away so don’t use alcohol to clean your jewellery if this is the case.
 Always take care and wash your gold jewellery gently. It also helps to store it properly with cloth dividers or separate bags for each piece so the jewellery pieces do not rub and scratch each other. Also, be very careful around gemstone settings and other fragile parts of your jewellery as they can easily bend or break. You do not want to be looking through your carpet for your lost diamond.

And remember, we highly recommend bringing your jewellery back to Wah Chan for professional inspection at least twice a year.