Caring for Gold JewelleryMarch 11, 2020
Gold is considered to be one of the most precious substances in the world. Just take one look at a gleaming gold ring or other jewellery piece and you’re sure to understand the appeal. Throughout history, gold has been greatly valued for its radiance and beauty, making it a popular choice for jewellery pieces such as rings, necklaces, earrings and bracelets and bangles. Its popularity as a metal has also seen it mixed with other metals to create alloys like white gold and rose gold.
However, despite the appeal of gold, gold jewellery requires a certain level of care in order to prevent damage and keep it looking its very best. The experts at REIGNE JEWELLERY detail everything you need to know to care for gold jewellery in this helpful guide.
Care Instructions to Keep Your Gold Jewellery Looking its Best
When you purchase gold jewellery – whether from REIGNE JEWELLERY or elsewhere – often the intention is to wear it every day. To keep your jewellery looking good so it can be worn for a lifetime, we recommend following these steps:
- Take care to remove gold jewellery before undertaking rigorous activity that could cause damage (i.e. cooking, swimming, sports, exercise).
- Avoid exposing gold jewellery to harsh chemicals such as chlorine and cleaning agents, as these can lead to discolouration and even have the potential to compromise the integrity of gold.
- Use warm soapy water and a soft brush to gently clean your gold jewellery. After cleaning, pat dry using a soft lint-free cloth.
- Polishing is recommended on a regular basis to ensure the glow and lustre of gold jewellery is maintained. Polishing improves appearance by removing small scratches and marks that occur over time dur to general wear and tear.
- If you don’t feel confident about cleaning and polishing your gold jewellery, you can bring it into REIGNE JEWELLERY. Our jewellers maintain the utmost professionalism when handling jewellery during cleaning and polishing.
- If you own white gold jewellery pieces, rhodium plating is recommended every two years to keep it looking bright and white.
- Store gold jewellery separately to other jewellery pieces to prevent damage caused by scratching.
Frequently Asked Questions About Caring for Gold Jewellery
Want to learn more about how to take care of your gold jewellery? Below, we’ve answered some of the most commonly asked questions we receive from our customers.
While showering will not cause damage to gold jewellery, it can affect the shine and lustre of the jewellery. For this reason, it’s recommended that you remove gold jewellery before showering.
The best way to prevent 14k gold (or any grade of gold) from tarnishing is to regularly clean and polish the jewellery to stop oils accumulating. Clean with warm soapy water and dry with a soft cloth. Other tips for preventing tarnishing include:
- Store jewellery in an acid-free, sealed container that limits exposure to oxygen
- Avoid exposing your gold jewellery to chemicals such as perfume and chlorine
- Remove your jewellery before exercising, swimming, cleaning or gardening
Yes, you can safely store gold jewellery in plastic bags. For the best results for preventing tarnishing, make sure the bag can be completely sealed to ensure oxygen can’t get in.
Yes, salt water is a harsh and corrosive substance that can damage some pieces of gold jewellery. Soldered gold is particularly vulnerable to damage caused by salt. If you’re planning on swimming in the ocean or a saltwater pool, make sure you remove your gold jewellery beforehand.
Discover the Exquisite Gold Jewellery Available at REIGNE
At REIGNE JEWELLERY, we’re proud to stock an impressive range of exquisite gold jewellery pieces to choose from. Browse the range on our website today to discover your next favourite piece!