How to clean gold-plated jewelryHey there, jewelry aficionados! We know your love affair with gold-plated pieces is real – they effortlessly elevate any look from drab to fab. But let's be real; even the most cherished gems need a little pampering to maintain their radiant glow. Whether it's the battle against tarnish or a post-pool plunge cleanse, we've got your back.

In this guide, we're spilling the tea on how to keep your gold-plated treasures shining bright. From the daily touch-ups to the deep-cleaning secrets, we're about to unveil a treasure trove of tips that will have your jewelry gleaming as brilliantly as your style.

How Often to Clean Gold-Plated Jewelry:

Ensuring your jewelry remains impeccable involves both regular upkeep and occasional deep care. Here's your roadmap:

1) It's a good idea to wipe down your jewelry with a soft cloth after each wear with just a soft cloth. This quick gesture sweeps away sweat, residual lotions, and those tiny smudges that can dull its sparkle.

2) You should deep clean your gold-plated jewelry when it shows signs of tarnish or after exposure to harsh chemicals like chlorine, such as after taking a dip in the pool. 

What You'll Need:

  • Soft cloth or jewelry cloth
  • Small bowl
  • Mild liquid soap
  • Cotton swab or soft-bristled baby toothbrush

How to Clean Gold-Plated Jewelry

When it comes to maintaining the allure of your gold-plated jewelry, a little care goes a long way. Here's your step-by-step guide:

  1. Wipe down after each wear. As you bid adieu to your jewelry at the end of the day, embrace the ritual of a gentle touch. A soft cloth or a dedicated jewelry cloth becomes your ally. With a quick swipe, you whisk away the day's traces, leaving your precious pieces aglow. 
  2. Soak the jewelry. In a small bowl, mix warm water with a few drops of mild soap. Stir the soap into the water to create some suds. Add one piece of jewelry and allow it to soak in the solution for about 5-10 minutes.
  3. Remove dirt. If there is any dirt embedded in the crevices of the jewelry, use a cotton swab or a soft-bristled baby toothbrush to gently remove it. Then rinse the piece thoroughly.
  4. Dry thoroughly. Dry your jewelry with a soft, lint-free cloth, buffing the surface so it shines.

Cleaning Costume Jewelry with Gemstones: A Delicate Approach

When your jewelry boasts precious or semi-precious gemstones, a touch of extra care is in order. Follow these steps to ensure your treasures remain untarnished:

  1. Mindful Moisture: Steer clear of soaking your jewelry, and avoid overly warm water. Excessive moisture might weaken the adhesive that secures stones. Opt for a gentle, dry approach.
  2. Soft Cloth Charm: Make it a habit to gently wipe your pieces with a soft cloth. Regular care can keep your jewelry gleaming.
  3. Precise Deep Clean: When a thorough cleanse is due, go for precision. Dampen a cotton swab with a mix of mild soap and water. Use it meticulously to rid your jewelry of grime or particles.
  4. Rinse and Dry: After a meticulous cleaning, give your jewelry a gentle rinse. Ensure every trace of soap is washed off. Once done, ensure thorough drying before storing.

Knowing When to Seek Guidance from a Jewelry Expert:

Navigating the realm of jewelry care and maintenance can sometimes call for the guiding hand of a professional. Here's when it's smart to turn to a jewelry expert:

  1. Material Uncertainty: If you're unsure about the composition of a piece, especially with costume jewelry, seeking a jeweler's insight can prevent mishaps.
  2. Preserving Preciousness: When sentimental value is attached to a piece, entrusting it to a professional cleaner safeguards its significance.
  3. Periodic Brilliance Boost: To truly make your gold and gemstones dazzle, consider a professional's touch. A biannual to annual professional check and clean can restore your pieces' true splendor.
  4. Loose Ends: Professionals can tighten loose settings, preventing the heartbreak of losing gemstones.
  5. Reviving Worn Gold Plating: If the gold plating on your jewelry has faded, a jeweler might offer replating services, bringing the piece back to life.

How to Keep Jewelry Clean for Longer: 

Ensuring your jewelry remains dazzling and free from tarnish is a blend of proper care, storage, and periodic cleaning. Here are some pro tips to keep your jewelry looking pristine for longer:

  • Proper storage is paramount for your gold-plated jewelry. Dedicate a special spot in your jewelry box for it, and think about enveloping it in a delicate cloth before tucking it away. For added protection against tarnishing, consider investing in anti-tarnish bags which work wonders in preventing oxidation and discoloration of your treasured pieces.
  • Refrain from applying hand creams or sunblocks with your jewelry on. Also, it's a good practice to use hairspray and other cosmetics before putting on your jewelry. Both hand lotions and sunscreens can leave a film or residue on jewelry, especially on gemstones. This build-up can make jewelry appear dull and can be challenging to clean off, especially from intricate designs.
  • Always remove your jewelry prior to exercising, as the acidic nature of perspiration can lead to tarnishing of your precious pieces.
  • It's always wise to remove your jewelry before taking a dip in a chlorinated pool or relaxing in a hot tub. Chlorine, especially in high concentrations like in swimming pools and hot tubs, can be incredibly harsh on metals, including gold and silver.
  • When on the move, refrain from throwing all your jewelry into a single pouch. Pieces can graze against one another, leading to scratches.
  • Avoid using silver polish, toothpaste, strong chemical cleaners, or rough scrubbing brushes (that can cause scratches) on gold-plated jewelry.


Remember, the everyday sparkle of your jewelry is a culmination of simple gestures. Wiping down after each wear, embracing the magic of deep-cleaning rituals when needed, and heeding the expertise of jewelry professionals can ensure your jewelry shines brightly for years to come. Thanks for reading!