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Best Ways to Maintain Gold Jewellery

When your gold jewellery is brand new, it is bright and polished and shimmers in the light. If the proper maintenance is not taken, this same jewellery can become dull, scratched, and even discolored. Here’s the 6 best ways to maintain your gold jewellery so it stays like the day you bought it.

No Rough Stuff
Gold is a soft metal by nature, so it can be easily scratched or dented. Jewellery like rings and bracelets that are worn on your hands are especially vulnerable to this. To prevent this type of wear and tear on your gold jewellery, remove these pieces before doing any activity that could result in a lot of wear, such as: sports, cleaning, playing with your children, etc.

Regular Cleaning
Everyday usage of your gold jewellery can eventually lead to a dull finish and a layer of grime. This is normal and results from dust, sweat, and makeup. Regular cleaning of your gold jewellery will easily take care of this build up, and keep your prized pieces shimmering. Soap and water works well for cleaning most gold jewellery. Just make sure to be gentle when scrubbing and always dry your pieces as completely as possible.

Beware of Chlorine
Gold jewellery is vulnerable to several different chemicals. One of the most notable is chlorine. Gold that is exposed to chlorine repeatedly will become weaker, eventually leading to breakage. This means you should keep your gold out of pools and hot tubs.

Cleaning Products
Along with chlorine, many household cleaning products also weaken gold jewellery. These mainly include strong acids, bases, and abrasives. Too much exposure to these types of products can weaken your gold, leading to breakage. To prevent this type of wear, either remove your jewellery completely before using these chemicals or use long rubber gloves to completely cover up your jewellery.

Proper Storage
Always store your gold jewellery separately so your items don’t rub against each other resulting in scratches. Wrap each piece of gold jewellery in a soft cloth for storing. Also, many jewellery cases have small compartments that work great to keep your gold jewellery separated.

Inspect your Gold Jewellery
Even if your gold jewellery is well maintained, normal wear and tear can lead to weaknesses in the most vulnerable parts of your items. Every so often, you should inspect your gold jewellery. Pay special attention to small pieces, such as: clasps, gemstone settings (prongs), and pins. These pieces are especially prone to bending and breaking. We highly recommend bringing your jewellery back to Wah Chan for professional inspection at least twice a year.