Top Tips To Maintaining Gold Jewelry

Top Tips To Maintaining Gold Jewelry

Gold jewelry is lustrous, stylish, expensive looking, and much sought after. But without proper care, it will not remain so for very long. Here's how to maintain your gold jewelry properly.

With gold being one of the most precious metals in existence, and at the price that it is demanding these days, it is more important than ever to take good care of your gold jewelry. There are any number of ways of going about this, but some are more recommended than others.

Whether it's one or two pieces or an entire jewelry box in which gold is the dominant resident, you want your treasured pieces to last as long as possible. That means regular and proper maintenance are key. Gold jewelry should last for years and years.

Storing Your Jewelry Properly

Gold jewelry should be stored carefully, thereby standing a better chance of lasting a lifetime. Here are some storage tips:

Pieces should be stored separately – less scratching and tangling will occur.

A soft cloth should be wrapped around each piece – every piece should be individually wrapped for protection.

Pick out a nice jewelry box – there are numerous options but whichever box you pick should be fabric lined, dry, and clean.

How to Clean Your Gold Jewelry

Here are some easy to execute tips on cleaning your gold jewelry:

Jewelry cleaners should be approved cleaners and/or soap) – rubbing alcohol or a mild soap is okay for cleaning, but rinse thoroughly. Never use bleach!

Polishing cloths – don't use tissues or paper towel. Use an actual jewelry polishing cloth.

The key to a thorough cleaning is soaking – a good three-hour soak is not unheard of.

A good time to check for loose stones or other damage would be during the cleaning process.

Wear Your Gold Jewelry Appropriately

Some people just don't care how they wear their jewelry. That kind of neglect and abuse will wreak havoc on your fine treasures. Practice good wearing habits and your gold jewelry will last longer. Here are some final tips:

Before bathing, take off your jewelry – this helps to discourage soap buildup.

When you're getting ready to go out, put your jewelry on last – this way your jewelry will not be exposed to lotions, hairspray, perfume, makeup, etc. (at least not any more than need be).

While cleaning your house, remove your jewelry – abrasives, acids, and other household cleaners will damage your gold jewelry.

Keep your gold jewelry away from chlorine – if you are going swimming in the pool, leave your jewelry at home in your bedroom.

Remember that gold is a soft metal – this makes it more susceptible to dents, scratches, dings, etc.

As a rule, it's a good idea to have your gold jewelry thoroughly and professionally cleaned about once annually. That is, of course, in addition to your daily care. Loose prongs should be checked so that no stones are lost. Even having this done every six months is not outrageous by any means.

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