Cleaning gold jewelry at home requires the least amount of ingredients than you would if you were to clean diamonds. There are different ways to clean your gold jewelry and it is all based on the properties of the gold. Different kinds of gold need to be cleaned in a unique way.
Properties of Gold
24-karat gold jewelry is considered to be the most pure level of gold. Lower karat numbers are mixed with other metals. This helps increase the durability and hardness of the gold since gold is malleable and each to break. If you live a more active lifestyle, then you are going to want a lower karat gold.
Cleaning Your Gold Rings
You’re going to want to avoid using any chemical products when you clean your gold rings. Jewelry stores sell a solution that is intended to be used on your gold jewelry. In the event that you do not have this solution, here is what you can do to clean your gold rings.
- Mix dawn dish soap with warm water. Do not use hot water.
- Add a few drops of ammonia to the dish soap mixture.
- Leave your jewelry in the solution for 10-15 minutes.
- Use a baby soft toothbrush to gently brush away dirt and grime.
- Place in lukewarm water to clean.
- Air dry or carefully dry with a paper towel.
It is best to not use any ammonia solution if you have any gemstones in your ring because certain stones like turquoise emeralds, opals and pearls are too delicate for the ammonia solution. Diamonds, rubies, or sapphires, are safe to be used with this solution, since they are a much harder gemstone.
How Often To Clean Your Gold Rings
It is suggested that you clean your gold jewelry every few weeks. It is not suggested to clean them too often as that will wear down the metal and the best option is to take off any excess grime with warm water and a soft cloth. You should bring your gold jewelry in for a professional cleaning at least twice a year so that they can also inspect your pieces. They can tell you if there is any wear or if you need any major repairs on your rings as well.
When you shop with Wm. Harold & Sons Jewelry, you’ll find a full selection of engagement rings and other fine jewelry options. Contact us today to book an appointment to speak to our jewelry professionals.