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Thursday, September 6, 2012

Cleaning Your Gold Jewelry


I love a new piece of jewelry. Especially gold jewelry. I’m a handy kind of gal and the rings I wear on my fingers and bracelets on my wrists has to be tough and fairly scratch resistant.

Plus I think gold jewelry is more striking and stands out better than silver jewelry. And I like the way gems sparkle against the gold!

Over time the everyday wearing of jewelry; handy kind of person or not, can leave your jewelry dull, dirty, and looking like it needs a pick me up. Cleaning your gold jewelry isn’t hard, but some of you may still opt to take it to the jewelry store where you purchased it.

For those of you do it yourselfers – below are a few cleaning methods. Keeping your jewelry clean will enhance its longevity and protect the value and you’ll be proud to pass it down through the generations.

I will typically clean my pieces at the same time to save time. So gather up what gold jewelry you need to clean and place them on a clean, soft cloth, I use a microfiber cloth.

Pick the Cleaning Method that Works for You

Soap and Warm Water

I use a regular sized cereal bowl to clean my jewelry.

• First I add three drops of mild dish soap then add some warm water (about 1 cup or so).

• I use the tap so I can get the soap suds from the dish soap. If you use a measuring cup, stir the water with your hands until you get some suds going.

• Put your jewelry in the bowl and let it sit for about 10 – 15 minutes.

• Now take a soft bristled toothbrush and gently go over a piece of jewelry, getting in the cracks and crevices. This is where I use the soap subs. I put a little on the toothbrush before scrubbing.

• When you’ve finished, rinse with cool water and dry and buff to a nice shine with your clean, lint free cloth.

Dipping Kit

A dipping kit can be purchased at most grocery stores, drug stores, and a retail store like Target, and of course jewelry stores.

Follow the instructions for cleaning your gold jewelry pieces.

Keeping Your Jewelry Clean

Taking your jewelry off before chores is just one of the things you can do that will help keep it from getting grimy and damaged.

I know this is sometimes easier said than done. I don’t always take mine off, I forget sometimes, or a natural disaster strikes in my home and I don’t have the time to even give it a thought.

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