Jewellery can last forever if taken good care of. Luckily, there are several things you can do yourself to care for your jewellery. It all depends on its material properties, as jewellery shouldn’t be cleaned and polished the same way – whether it is solid gold, plated gold, silver, diamonds, gemstones or pearls, each type should be cared for differently. We have collected our best tips and tricks for at home cleaning and polishing of your jewellery.
With solid gold you should
1) Soak the piece in warm water and dishwashing soap
Mix two cups of warm water and a few drops of mild dishwashing soap. Put the piece of gold jewellery into the water and allow to soak for fifteen minutes.
2) Use a soft toothbrush to scrub it
After soaking for fifteen minutes, remove the piece of jewellery from the water. Use a soft toothbrush to gently scrub it in small, circular motions. It is important to be gentle to not damage the gold.
3) Rinse in warm water
After scrubbing the gold piece, rinse it in warm water to remove any leftover mixture.
4) Dry it
When rinsed, use a soft cloth to dry the jewellery.
5) Store the piece properly
Make sure to store your pieces of jewellery in a jewellery box or other safe location when not wearing it to avoid scratches.
Looking to care for a different type of metal or gem? Find more after care guides here