There are some things that can be avoided to ensure many years of enjoyment from your jewelry.
- Avoid interaction with chemicals. Some everyday chemical combinations can be harsh on gold and silver.
- Cleaning products can affect the surface of the bracelets, necklaces, rings, robbing them of its natural sheen.
- Remove your jewelry when taking a shower, cleaning, and applying makeup, lotions, hairspray or perfume.
- Chlorine may affect the color of your gold plated jewelry and we therefore recommend removing all gold jewelry before entering a pool and/or hot tub.
- Remove your jewelry when changing clothes or sleeping, as it may cling to fabric and break or rip.
- Recommend keeping jewelry in individual sealed packaging to help prevent tarnishing.
If treated right, gold jewelry should last for years. Here are a few things to keep in mind on a regular basis while wearing gold jewelry:
- Gold is a soft metal: while gold has a shine and a luster all its own, it’s also a soft metal. This makes it susceptible to dings, scratches, and dents. Be mindful of this while you wear them and remove them while playing any high-contact sports.
- Chlorine is gold’s worst enemy: with repeated exposure, chlorine will weaken your gold jewelry’s structure and eventually lead to it breaking. Make sure to take your jewelry off before getting in a Chlorine filled pool or spa.
- Cover or remove while cleaning: Household cleaners with acids or abrasives can damage your jewelry’s finish over time.
- When worn regularly, your gold jewelry is exposed to skin oils, perspiration, dust, makeup, and more. To keep its shine, you should clean your jewelry regularly with a solution of 10-parts warm water and 2-parts dish soap. Rubbing alcohol can be used, just make sure to stay away from cleaning your jewelry with bleach. A few extra tips:
- Bonus tip: for an extra shine, use a jewelry polishing cloth! Do not use a paper towel or tissue as these can scratch your jewelry.
- Clean with soap as needed: by all means, clean your jewelry at home; but, don’t overdo it! Only clean your jewelry as needed when it’s visibly dirty or gathering a patina.