What Not to Do When Caring For Gold Jewellery
Your gold jewellery is very special to you – so you want to keep it looking shiny and new at all times! However, if you do not know how to properly care for your jewellery you will end up damaging it. Here are some of the important things to avoid when you are taking care of your beautiful gold jewellery, whether it is gold charm bracelets, necklaces, rings or earrings.
Do Not Expose it to Lotion, Perfume and other Chemicals
Gold doesn’t tarnish, but its sheen will be dulled by chemicals such as body lotion, perfume, deodorant sprays and other cosmetics. It is best to apply these products to your skin first, let them soak in and then put your jewellery on.
If your gold jewellery has become dull from exposure to these chemicals you can clean it with a little bit of gentle dish detergent and warm water. Soak the piece of gold jewellery in the soap mixture and let it sit for a few minutes, then use a soft-bristled toothbrush to scrub the piece gently. Remove it from the water, rinse all of the soap off and dry it with a polishing cloth.
Do not wear it While Swimming
Your beautiful gold necklace or bracelet might complement your swimsuit, but you should never be wearing it if you are taking a dip in a pool or in the sea. The salt water or chlorinated water will react with the gold and cause it to change colour. Always remove your jewellery before you swim and keep it in a safe place.
Do Not Bang or Smash the Jewellery
If you are playing contact sports or exercising and there is a chance that your jewellery might get bumped, banged or smashed you should take it off and leave it in a safe place. A hard blow to your gold jewellery could cause it to become smashed or broken. If you are going to an event where you think you will be doing a lot of strenuous dancing and jumping around, it might be a good idea to leave your most precious gold jewellery at home and wear some other items that are less precious. You wouldn’t want a gold earring to go flying out of your ear as you whirl around the dance floor!
Do Not Use Paper Towel to Clean It
When you are polishing your gold jewellery you should use a jewellery polishing cloth for the best results. If you use paper towel the harsh fibres in the towel can cause small scratches on the gold. Use a cloth that is specifically designed for polishing jewellery and use a cleaning solution that is made for gold products. If you aren’t sure which cleaning products to use, you can ask your jewellery for advice.
Do Not Clean Jewellery that is Damaged
If your gold jewellery already has any type of damage to it, you should not attempt to clean it. Cleaning damaged jewellery can only make the problem worse, because you will be handling and scrubbing the jewellery. If you find a piece of your gold jewellery that has been damaged, you should set it aside and repair it as soon as possible. You can try to repair it yourself, but if you aren’t sure of what you are doing it is better to send it to a jeweller.
Do Not Forget Your Travel Case
If you are bringing your jewellery with you on your travels you should always be using a travel case to protect it. If you carry the jewellery loose or in a box where it is able to rattle around, it can scratch against other pieces of jewellery and become damaged. This often happens when gemstones and diamonds – which are very hard – come into contact with gold – which is quite soft.
There are many different styles of jewellery travel cases that are designed to protect your jewellery and keep it in good condition while you travel. This is a good investment that will keep your most precious jewellery pieces safe while you are on the road. You can be sure that when famous people bring their celebrity jewellery on tour with them they have a high quality case in which to keep it safe.
Keep these tips in mind so that you can keep your gold jewellery safe and sound and in good condition, so that you can enjoy it for many more years to come.