The Ultimate Guide: Storing And Taking Care of Gold Jewellery.
Updated: Jun 11, 2020
Let us help you learn everything about cleaning, storing and taking care of any piece of jewellery made of Gold.
We wish you and your jewellery will have a long and happy life together, and like all relationships, a little routine maintenance goes a long way to keep your life shining. If treated and worn right, gold jewellery should last for years without a lot of issues.
Here is a list of few things that one needs to consider while wearing gold jewellery on a regular basis:
While gold has a shine and a lustre all its own, it’s also a soft metal. This makes it sensitive to scratches and dents. Remove your jewellery while working around sharp objects or things that could deform the jewellery in any sorts.
Chlorine is gold’s worst enemy and with repeated exposure, it will weaken your gold jewellery’s structure and eventually lead to it breaking. Hence it’s a smart move to take off your jewellery and store it in a safe place before getting into a swimming pool or spa.
Household cleaners usually contain acids or abrasives which will damage your jewellery’s finish in the long run. It’s safe to remove your jewellery altogether before touching those chemicals or use gloves to protect your hands and jewellery too.
Make sure that the jewellery is the last thing you put on while getting ready. Makeup, perfume, hairspray, and lotions can damage your gold. Be sure to put these things on before your jewellery to limit the exposure.
Wearing jewellery, while you bathe, can lead to a buildup of soap which will cause a film on your jewellery.
After wearing, wipe your precious gemstone jewellery thoroughly with a clean soft, slightly wet/moist cloth. This will enhance the gemstone's lustre and ensure that your jewellery is clean before storage.
Grease can be removed from gold jewellery by dipping the jewellery into plain rubbing alcohol also known as spirit.
Inspect Your Jewellery from time to time for any sort of damage. Just like anything else, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. When having your jewellery professionally cleaned, it's a good idea to have each item checked and inspected for any possible problems. Addressing signs of damage, or loose gemstones will prevent any further damage or loss and keep all of your pieces in excellent shape for years.
Sometimes gold jewellery tarnishes when it is not able to be worn on a daily basis. To maintain the lustre of your jewellery, place anti-tarnish strips in your storage container to absorb the oxidants that discolour and tarnish jewellery.
The easiest way of all to clean gold jewellery is to use a solution of warm water and detergent-free soap with a soft-bristled brush. For tougher stains, soak it in water for 3-4 minutes before washing it under running water. After cleaning and rinsing, always dry and polish jewellery with a chamois or soft cloth to avoid scratches and bring out its shine.
If at all your gold jewellery has become dull, you can get it steamed and rebuffed to regain the shine. Any sort of rhodium plating does come off with time and while this is natural and nothing to worry about, you can get the rhodium plating done again for a nominal fee and make your jewellery look as good as new.
Storage Of Jewellery
Now that cleaning is taken care of, let's talk a bit about storage.
After you’ve worn your gold jewellery for the day, the next ideal step in taking proper care would be to store it properly.
A clean, dry, fabric-lined jewellery box is the best option as it not only protects the piece from getting scratches but also ensures to protect it from humidity and chemicals present in the air that could cause potential damage to the piece in the long run.
If you don’t have a jewellery box, wrap each piece in a soft cloth. Microfiber cloth usually does the trick so save those phone screen and spectacles cloths and use the unused ones to wrap each piece of your jewellery individually. Storing them separately ensures there is no tangling or scratches amongst jewellery due to each other.