If treated carefully, the gold jewelry item you
have purchased could last a lifetime and might even be handed down to future
generations. So here are some tips that will help preserve the beauty of your
First of all, gold is lasting and durable but
can get scratched or dented if treated roughly. This is particularly true of
items worn on the hands like rings and bracelets that are prone to a lot of
knocks. So remove these pieces before any type of strenuous activity.
Second, beware of chemicals. Gold’s worst enemy
is chlorine. Repeated exposure can weaken gold’s structure, eventually leading
to breakage. So keep your gold jewelry away from chlorinated cleaning products
and out of swimming pools and jacuzzis.
On a related note, acids, abrasives and other
harsh chemicals found in some common household cleaning solutions can weaken
your jewelry or damage its finish. So it’s best to cover up rings and
bracelets with rubber gloves while doing heavy-duty cleaning. Or better yet,
take them off altogether.
Gold can lose its luster over time if
repeatedly exposed to dust, moisture, perspiration and makeup. So make sure to
clean your jewelry regularly. You can use a cleaning solution of sudsy,
lukewarm water, or bring it to your local jeweler and have it professionally
steam-cleaned. After cleaning and rinsing, always dry and polish jewelry with
a chamois or soft cloth to avoid scratches and bring out its shine.
Proper storage is as important as cleaning.
Protect your gold jewelry by storing it safely in a jewelry box or keeping it
wrapped in a soft cloth when not being worn. Furthermore, keeping pieces
stored separately will prevent them from getting tangled or scratching one
Finally, always inspect your gold jewelry for
weakness or damage and bring it to a professional jeweler you trust for
immediate repair. Pay particular attention to clasps (to ensure they catch
easily but are still secure); prongs (to ensure they haven’t cracked, bent or
loosened, which could cause the stone to fall out); bracelet and neck chain
links (to ensure they don’t kink or bend); pin backs and earring posts (to see
if they are bent or loose); and wedding bands, pendants and charms (dangling
pieces and items worn every day for a long period of time) are subject to wear
and can thin out and eventually break. We will be able to handle these and
many other repair jobs and ultimately restore your gold jewelry for you.