How to Clean your Gold Jewellery?
Moulded in simple yellow, white or rose gold; or studded with diamonds and gems; we love wearing our precious gold jewellery! Some of us like to show them off on special occasions or events, while some of us love to flaunt them with our everyday outfits. However, whether you wear them daily or occasionally, your favourite pieces of sparkle can become dull with time due to dust or grease and may lose their sheen. Use of lotions, soaps, or makeup every day can also make dirt to clog on jewellery settings making the yellow metal appear dull and lifeless.
If any of your gold jewellery pieces are looking a little lacklustre, then you don't need to use expensive jewellery cleaners to get its old shining back. Using some simple household products for a thorough cleaning at home can get it looking like brand-new again! Here are a few methods you can try right away:
1. Using Dish Soap
To clean your gold bracelets, bangles, chains and earrings, you can use a few drops of any liquid dish soap with lukewarm water. Soak your gold pieces in this solution, allowing them to sit for around 15 to 20 minutes. Then gently scrub the parts one by one with a soft-bristled toothbrush and rinse them in running water, preferably warm. Blot them dry with a soft cloth and let the pieces sit out on a towel to them air-dry completely before wearing them again. This method will clean your valuable gold jewellery and give it the shine like before.
2. Using Boiling Water
The simplest method is to use boiling water as it can loosen the dirt, wax, or grime built on your jewellery. However, do not use it on stone-studded jewellery because delicate gems (like opals, pearls, coral, and moonstones) can get damaged by boiling water.
Take your solid gold jewellery piece in a small bowl and add boiling water on it carefully. Leave the piece in it for 3-5 minutes and then wait for the water to cool. If the pieces still look dirty, you can follow up with a gentle scrubbing using a soft toothbrush. Next, rinse them with warm running water and dab them dry using a soft towel. Lastly, allow them to sit and air-dry completely.
3. Using Ammonia
When dish soap can't clean your gold, it is recommended to use ammonia for deep cleaning after a few days. However, as this chemical is caustic in nature, avoid using it too often for washing your gold jewellery as it might dissolve the metal itself. Also, totally avoid using ammonia if your precious jewellery has platinum or pearls in it.
To follow this technique, combine one part of ammonia with 6-7 parts of water in a bowl and make an even solution by stirring the mixture well. Soak your jewellery piece in it only for a few seconds (less than one min). Pick it up using a tong or a strainer and rinse it thoroughly under running water. Gently dry the piece with a soft polishing cloth and then air-dry it on a towel before wearing it.
4. Cleaning Studded Gold Jewellery
Gold jewellery pieces with stones that are glued into their setting (like many delicate earrings) should never be soaked in water. Warm water can loosen the glue and can cause your stones to fall out. To clean these types of jewellery, wiping with a wet, soapy cloth is the best option.
Follow step one mentioned above to make a small amount of dish soap solution. Dip a soft, delicate cloth or towel in the solution and gently scrub the surface of your jewellery. Then gently rinse and dab a wet cloth onto the piece using plain water. After this, keep or hang the cleaned pieces upside down, allowing them to dry and drip out any remaining moisture, ensuring it doesn't soak into the settings of the stones.
Try these simple techniques at home to clean your precious gold jewellery and see them regain their gorgeous shine.