Cleaning of gold jewelry at home requires only a few simple ingredients. There are different ways to clean your gold jewelry and they are based on the properties of the gold. Different kinds of gold are cleaned in different ways.
Properties of Gold
24-karat gold jewelry is pure gold. Lower karat numbers mean that gold is mixed, or alloyed, with other metals. Alloying of gold with other metals helps increase durability and hardness of the gold jewelry since pure 24 karat gold is malleable and breaks easily. 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. If 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 and rinse.
- Air dry or carefully dry with a soft towel.
It is best to not use any ammonia solution if you have gemstones in your ring. Diamonds, rubies and sapphires are safe to be cleaned with this solution, but turquoise, emeralds, opals, and other gemstones are not safe. They are too porous and delicate and the solution will damage the gemstones.
How Often To Clean Your Gold Rings
It is recommended 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.
Whether you are planning on cleaning your gold jewelry at home or getting it done by a professional, you need to clean your rings in order to keep them shining bright like the day you bought them. At ZFolio, we can help clean your gold jewelry to look as good as new. Contact us today to set up an appointment with us in Solvang for expert cleaning.