It’s sad but true – even gold can lose its shine. Years of wear and tear, improper storage, moisture, humidity, deodorants, and hairspray – these are all factors that lead to your favorite gold jewelry becoming a bit duller, a bit blacker, a bit more tarnished. Luckily, you’ll never reach the point of no return!
How to clean gold jewelry is a simple enough question to answer. Regular cleaning will keep your jewelry brilliant and beautiful, and you won’t have to take it all the way to the jewelers – you can do it on your own! Here’s how.
4 ways to clean your gold jewelry
1. Use a jewelry cleaner
Many professionals use something called “an ultrasonic jewelry cleaner.” Lately, it’s become available to everyone! An ultrasonic cleaner means that your jewelry will be cleaned by water or a cleaning solution and tens of thousands of ultrasonic energy waves per second.
When using this type of a cleaner, make sure to follow the instructions carefully to get the best results. The cleaning will usually last anywhere from 2 to 10 minutes; you should heat the water or cleaning solvent, and the load you put in the cleaner should be somewhere less than the weight of half the volume of the water you’re using.
2. Water and detergent
While a gold jewelry cleaner may give you the best results with the minimum amount of effort, why not go the extra mile and do it all on your own!
A simple way to maintain the beauty of your gold jewelry is to mix some dishwashing liquid in a bowl of warm (never hot!) water, soak your gold jewelry in it for 10 to 15 minutes, then use a toothbrush to wipe the dullness off in a light, delicate, and gentle motions. Rinse in warm water, and dry it off with a clean, soft cloth.
3. Use a drop of ammonia
Another way of cleaning your gold jewelry at home is to use water and just a drop of ammonia. Be careful! Ammonia is strong and can be abrasive – use it rarely and only for deep cleaning – never use it if your gold piece has delicate gemstones, pearls, and platinum.
You need only a half of tablespoon of ammonia in a bowl. Then, add a half a glass of water, and mix properly. Soak your gold in the mixture for no more than a minute! Then remove with tongs or strainers. To rinse off your gold jewelry, hold it under running water and make sure to be thorough. Finally, dry your gold jewelry with a soft cloth.
4. Use vinegar
Vinegar – the almighty all-purpose cleaner – can be used if you want to add some light and brightness to your jewelry. All you need to do is pour some white vinegar in a bowl, soak your gold jewelry so that it’s completely under the vinegar for 15 to 20 minutes, then rinse thoroughly. Dry your gold jewelry by patting a clean soft cloth against it.
What to avoid when cleaning gold jewelry
Remember, gold is a soft metal! Any time you brush your jewelry or even dry it, be very gentle.
You also need to keep in mind that certain substances should always be avoided. You should avoid soap, especially the ones with unknown ingredients. When showering or washing the dishes, remove your gold jewelry to minimize chances of tarnish.
Chlorine should also always be avoided. When at a high temperature, chlorine with permanently discolor or even damage your gold jewelry, so always remove it before enjoying a hot tub.
We hope we’ve helped you keep your gold looking as brilliant as the day you got it! If you’re looking for a new piece, or you want to repair a favorite, or even get a custom design made, drop by one of our stores – we’ll be happy to help!
Do you have a ton of old jewelry that you don’t really use or wear anymore? Are you unsure of what to do with all of this extra, currently unused jewelry? Perhaps you have obtained a bunch of vintage jewelry from your family, thrift shop or swap meet that aren’t exactly up to your taste or style? Well, there is no need to worry! You won’t have to let it sit unused or sell it for cheap just to recoup some value for some beautiful jewelry that doesn’t quite fit your personal style or taste. There are numerous ways to breathe new life into vintage jewelry items so that they can start matching your particular needs and desires. Let’s show you a few ways to restore and repurpose your old vintage jewelry here! Luckily for you, you won’t need to own a Cuban jewelry store or jewelry repair shop to do a lot of this repurposing yourself.
Try turning old sets of silverware into cupboard handles
Who said that all jewelry needs to be worn? Sometimes we have fine dining items that we don’t want to damage by using but also are too sentimental and beautiful to sell or never use. Luckily, with the use of a rubber mallet and drill, you won’t need a jewelry repair shop to fix this issue for you. You can flatten the ends of a vintage spoon or fork, drill some holes into the ends and repurpose your fine silverware into beautiful, unique handles for your cupboards and cabinets. You can also…
Make unique pendants from old keys and sets of silverware
Another wonderful way to restore fine dining silverware is by cutting them to an appropriate pendant size with a jewelry saw and then drilling holes in the ends so that necklaces and chains can be attached to them. You can make fantastic, one of a kind jewelry by adorning these pendants with shiny beads and semi-precious stones.
In a similar fashion, you can attach beads or stones to old house keys to make pendants as well.
Beautiful bookmarks with your earrings
You can whip up a few uncannily unique bookmarks by attaching old, unused earrings to strips of velvet. Use the velvet strip as the actual bookmark and allow the earring to hang on the outside of the book gorgeously.
Transform old costume jewelry, buttons and hairpins into unique hair decorations
Do you have a lot of single buttons or costume jewelry lying around? Well, now they can be used to hold your hair down in style! All you have to do is get a bobby pin (or a ponytail holder) and glue the buttons or costume jewelry onto it. These extremely cost-effective hair decorations will be cheaper and more beautiful than any pre-made decorations you can buy yourself. You won’t need to pay a jewelry repair service to do it for you either.
Transform vintage plates and china into beautiful wall decorations
Many of us have china and vintage plates that we are afraid to damage by consistently using and eating off of. So why don’t we show off their beauty in another way? Vintage plates and china can be easily shown off when displayed against the wall, attached simply to a wall hook or plate hanger. This can be a perfect idea if you have a lot of wall space to cover.
Hopefully, these ideas help make it a lot easier to start bringing your vintage pieces and jewelry out of storage and back into use. Amazingly, you can easily work on these ideas yourself without the use of a jewelry repair service. However, if you still need more help with your jewelry game, please stop by our Cuban jewelry shop Santayana. It would be our pleasure to help you find new uses for your old jewelry!