Gold is a precious metal and should be treated as such. Storing and maintaining your gold jewellery will ensure you can enjoy it for many years to come.
The best way to clean Gold
In a large bowl, mix 2 parts dish soap and 10 parts warm water. Soak your jewellery for 3 hours, and then gently scrub with a soft, clean toothbrush. (This method is also safe for any pieces with diamonds.) Rinse in hot water. Dry thoroughly with a microfiber cloth, and then polish with a jewellery cloth (available at most jewellery stores). Repeat as often as needed. And rejoice squeaky-clean types: You can’t over clean gold.
How to Maintain
Ideally you should take gold pieces to a jeweller annually to have them checked for loose parts. And while you’re there, get them steamed and buffed until they’re super shiny.
How to Store
Your jewellery should be the last thing you put on in the morning and the first thing you take off at night. That way, your necklace won’t get spritzed with perfume and your earrings won’t get caught in your clothes. To prevent scratches and tangles, separate the pieces on to velvet-lined trays, in boxes with compartments, or in small zippered plastic bags.
3 Common Problems, Solved
- A knotted chain: First, undo the clasp. Next, dab olive oil on the knot and lay the chain on a flat surface. Using two pins set to work untangling the knot. Then clean the chain using the method above.
- A broken chain: Take it to a professional, who will solder the pieces together and add more gold as necessary. The price depends on the complexity. Simple soldering’s start at $20.
- Scratches: Cleaning and polishing with a jewellery cloth will minimize the appearance of scratches. To remove a deep mark, seek out a pro. Prices start at about $35.