How To Care For Your Gold Jewelry
When someone buys your a piece of gold jewelry, you may find yourself overwhelmed with joy in the moment. As an owner of something so precious, and with the intention of maintaining the shine and glimmer of the piece, it’s worth keeping in mind how to take care of the item. Day-to-day wear and tear is inevitable, but there are a couple of steps you can take to not only preserve its quality, but also to ensure the longevity of the piece as you wear it in the years to come.
Daily Wearing and Expected Wear-and-Tear
Keep in mind that because gold is a soft metal, it is more susceptible to damage. Pay attention to where you are wearing your pieces to; a gold ring used at work may scratch from typing or writing all day, alternatively, if you’re playing any sport or engaging in physical activity, it may be best to leave your gold rings at home. Something else that people are quick to forget, is that chlorine is the nemesis of gold. Repeated exposure could wear the metal down so much, that it may even break. No gold jewelry in the pool or at the spa next time you go for a “treat yourself” day, please.
Storage & Cleaning of Your Gold Jewelry
When it comes to storing your gold jewelry, investing in a jewelry case with a soft inner lining is the way to go. Make sure you store all your jewelry in a safe place, out of the sun and in an area with minimal moisture. Wrap each piece in a soft cloth, and store them separately. If you wear your gold jewelry regularly, it will be exposed to skin oils, dust, makeup and more quite regularly. Cleaning should therefore be handled with great care, preferably with a solution of dish soap to water, with a 1:5 ratio. Soaking is important, with a gentle scrub after using a very soft brush. Using alcohol as an alternative should be fine, but stay away from the bleach.
Yearly Maintenance of Your Gold Jewelry
When it comes to owning a nice piece of jewelry, daily maintenance is important, but it’s also worth keeping in mind a longer term plan for how you maintain all your pieces. A professional clean can make all the difference, with the recommendation being to do so at least every six months. Make a note in your diary so you won’t forget. It also helps to ask the jeweler to inspect the piece for loose prongs and any damage, which you’re better off taking care of immediately, rather than having to do when you sell the piece.
Getting an Expert Opinion and Buying New Gold Pieces
Jenna Clifford is a great place to start if you need advice and tips on how to best maintain your jewelry, or if you want to find out more about how to get your jewelry cleaned. Their expert consultants will be able to answer and and all questions you may have. If you’re in the market for a new piece of gold jewelry, especially now that you have a better idea of how to take care of the piece, their online catalogue is a good place to start. You can also pop into one of their flagship stores this weekend, taking a look at the wide range of styles and cuts they have on offer. Happy shopping!