How to Clean Gold Jewelry

Can gold tarnish? Pure gold or 24K gold does not react with oxygen, which means it is unlikely to tarnish. However, many pieces of gold jewelry have other metals mixed in, causing the gold to become discolored over time. Can gold tarnish? Yes, but not pure gold.

If your gold jewelry is looking a little dull, don't worry — a quick clean-up will get it sparkling like new again! You don't even need to use lavish jewelry cleaners to get your gold to shine again. A few simple household products will do the trick.

Supplies:

  • Dishwashing Soap
  • Cleaning Tablet
  • A Dish

Tools:

  • Soft-Bristle Brush
  • Small, terry cloth towel

Methods

1. How to clean gold jewelry with water and dish liquid. Fill a dish with warm water (not boiling water). Add a few drops of dishwashing soap into the water. Place the jewelry into the water mixed with dish liquid and let absorb for 15 minutes. Use a soft bristle tooth-brush and start to polish the jewelry surface delicately. When cleaning your jewelry with a brush, do it carefully with light pressure in order to avoid scratches and damage the jewelry. Wash the jewelry under running warm water. Now the most important part: take a terry cloth towel and begin to blot the jewelry thoroughly. Place the jewelry on a dry piece of cloth for a complete drying.

2. How to clean gold jewelry with a cleaning tablet
Fill a dish with warm water. Place a dishwasher tablet in the water and let it dissolve completely. Soak the jewelry in the water for no longer than 10 minutes. Take the jewelry out of the water. Take a soft-bristle toothbrush and begin to stroke the jewelry carefully with light pressure. Wash the jewelry under running warm water. Dry the jewelry properly by blotting it with a piece of cloth. Place the jewelry on a dry absorbent cloth for a complete drying.

Tips

How to keep your gold color gleaming for much longer...

  • Jewelry tarnishes much faster if it’s left out in the open and exposed to oxygen. To avoid this, you must store pieces in an airtight, closed container.
  • Invest in a nice jewelry box that will keep all of your jewelry separate. This will reduce the chances of them being scratched against one another. To help remove moisture from your jewelry box, include a silica gel packet. 
  • Avoid direct exposure to heat or sunlight as it may dim your jewelry's color
  • Avoid exposing your jewelry to sea salt, chemicals, alcohol, fruit acid, vinegar and chlorine, e.g. swimming pools or hot tubs.
  • Avoid exposing gold jewelry to hair sprays, make-up, lotions and creams. This can dim its beautiful, bright gold color.
  • Remove gold jewelry when cleaning with harsh chemicals like chlorine, acids, and sulfur compounds.
  •  When washing your hands or bathing, remove gold jewelry to prevent soap scum from building up on the surface.