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How to Clean Gold Jewellery at Home

Learning how to clean gold jewellery is a valuable skill that will ensure your most loved pieces dazzle every time you wear them. When your gold jewellery shines, you do too! That's why it's so important to know how to clean gold jewellery properly so you can keep it looking its best. With our easy step by step guide to cleaning gold, you'll be able to keep your favourite pieces looking brand new.

3 Easy Steps to Clean Gold Jewellery

Cleaning gold jewellery is very simple and can easily be done at home. To learn how to clean gold, follow these 3 easy steps:

  1. Take a clean & dry polishing cloth. It is important to use a dry cloth for pieces such as gold rings with gems. You should also avoid submerging your gem set pieces as this can loosen the stone.
  2. Rub your gold jewellery with the cloth in one direction, wiping away any dirt. You want to be gentle when doing this to avoid causing any scratches
  3. For engraved pieces, pay close attention to the etching and make sure you remove any debris from the engraving. Cleaning these thoroughly will keep your design looking newer for longer.

If these steps don't remove all the grime, take a gentle soap on a wet cloth and again rub gently. This should remove any leftover dirt, leaving you sparkling clean gold jewellery.

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MAKE GOLD BRACELETS SPARKLE AGAIN

How to clean gold bracelets is much the same as for necklaces.

  • Create a gently soapy mixture.
  • Soak your gold bangles for a few minutes.
  • Carefully remove any debris using a cloth or soft toothbrush.
  • Dry gently with a clean cloth.

HOW TO CLEAN GOLD RINGS

Cleaning rings can be a delicate job, especially if they have precious gemstones

  • Use a gentle soap on a soft cloth to rub the surface of your gold stacking rings.
  • Be careful to only rub up and down - not in circles.
  • Rinse with clean water.
  • Pat dry to reveal perfectly clean gold bands!

CLEANING GOLD NECKLACES AT HOME

With their delicate chain links, necklaces can be tricky to clean. To best get your gold necklaces sparkling clean again, this is our advice:

  • Create a mixture of gentle dish soap and warm water.
  • Soak your modern jewellery for a few minutes.
  • Use a soft cloth or very soft toothbrush to remove debris.
  • Pat dry with a soft cloth.

3 STEPS TO CLEAN GOLD EARRINGS

Earrings are often the gold pieces that need the most cleaning due to being placed through your ear piercings. We've put together a guide to cleaning gold earrings:

  • Remove your earrings from your lobes.
  • Place in a saline solution and gently remove any dirt with a soft cloth.
  • Take out and pat dry with a clean, soft cloth.
  • Place in a dry place to store to keep them looking their best.

What to Avoid When Cleaning Gold

Part of knowing how to clean gold means knowing what not to do when you're caring for your jewellery.

  • When cleaning gold jewellery you want to be careful, especially if the pieces are made from gold vermeil, because you don't want to cause any damage.
  • Only using polishing cloths, with a small amount of water and gentle soap will ensure you clean your gold without being too harsh on their delicate surface.
  • Cleaning gold differs slightly with gemstone jewellery. If you're cleaning gold jewellery that contains a gem it's very important that you don't submerge the piece under water. Submerging stones, such as diamond rings, may cause water to become trapped in the setting of the jewel, leading to rust which could ultimately cause the precious gem to fall out.
 

Not only do you need to know how to clean gold to ensure it stays as precious as when it was new, but you need to know how to care for your pieces. Once you've learnt how to clean gold, caring for your gold and rose gold jewellery in between cleaning

 
When not wearing, keep your pieces, such as your layered necklaces, in a jewellery box or pouch. This is instead of out in the open where they may become scratched or tangled.
Avoid submerging birthstone rings, or diamond bracelets in water. Taking these pieces off when doing the dishes or other household work that involves chemicals is vital as they may become tarnished by harsh substances. Taking earrings off in the shower is also advised. That way your gold studs or gold labrets will stay looking fabulous for longer.
Store your solid gold jewellery separate from each other, possibly wrapped in a soft cloth. This will ensure that even when tucked away your jewels don't cause scratches to one another.
Clean your gold jewellery, such as solid white gold, regularly. Knowing how to clean gold and giving your pieces a regular polish will stop debris build up from occurring.
Minimise your favourite gold jewellery coming into contact with sweat by taking it off when exercising. This means that even if you do know how to clean gold, you hopefully won't have to clean it so often. Knowing how to clean gold jewellery and how to care for it will ensure your sentimental pieces look gorgeous at all times. Whether they're your everyday tragus earrings, or dainty gold bracelets for a special event, your gold jewellery will shine as bright as you.
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