How to Safely Clean White Gold Jewelry
White gold is a popular option for many types of jewelry, including women’s gold chains, men’s bracelets and more. Many people love it because it combines the classic coolness of silver with the longevity of gold. While white gold is not prone to tarnishing, you still need to take proper care of it to ensure that it maintains its luster and beauty for years to come.We Have Women’s Gold Chains in a Variety of Styles and Weights
To keep your white gold jewelry looking its best, you need to clean it regularly to remove dirt, oil and other residue that can damage its surface and cause a dull appearance. By dedicating just a few minutes each month to caring for your jewelry, you can protect your investment and keep it looking its best. Keep reading to learn how to clean your white gold jewelry safely.
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Start with the Right Supplies
Make some space on a table or counter and gather up all your white gold jewelry. Cleaning everything all at once saves time and makes it easier to keep up with maintaining your entire collection.
Skip the harsh chemical cleaners as they can harm your delicate jewelry. Instead, you’ll need:
- Warm water
- Mild dish soap
- Baking soda
- Microfiber towel
- Soft scrub brush
Examine Your Jewelry
Before you start cleaning, take a few moments to inspect your jewelry carefully. Check for damaged settings and loose gemstones. If you come across any pieces that are in need of repair, set them aside. To avoid further damage or loss of gemstones, we recommend having your jewelry repaired before attempting to clean it.
Soak Your Gold
Fill the bowl with warm water and add a few drops of dish soap. Make sure the water is warm, not hot. Mix well, then add your jewelry. Set a timer for 10 to 15 minutes and let your jewelry soak.
Scrub Your Jewelry
Carefully remove your gold chains and other jewelry from the water. Combine baking soda and water to create a thick paste. Next, apply the paste to your jewelry and scrub using a soft brush. A toothbrush with soft bristles works well. Just be sure not to use a brush with firm bristles, as they could damage the jewelry. Gently scrub all surfaces of the jewelry to remove dirt and debris.
Be extra careful when scrubbing gold plated chains. Scrubbing too hard or using the wrong type of brush could damage or remove the plating.
Next, you need to rinse of the soap and baking soda. If you plan on doing this at the sink, block the drain just in case you accidentally drop anything. Alternatively, you can rinse your jewelry in a bowl of clean water.
Again, use warm water — not hot. Take your time and make sure all of the soap and baking soda are completely removed. If you miss any, it will detract from the appearance of your jewelry.
Dry Your Jewelry
Use a soft microfiber towel to thoroughly dry your jewelry, taking care to remove moisture from all of the nooks and crannies. You can gently buff your jewelry with the towel, too, to increase its luster and shine.
Storing White Gold Jewelry
If you aren’t putting it on immediately after cleaning it, you need to know how to properly store your white gold jewelry to prevent damage and maintain its beauty. Avoid throwing everything together in a bag. Instead, lay each piece out neatly in a soft-lined jewelry box. Make sure the items are not touching each other while in storage.
Caring for White Gold
To keep your white gold jewelry looking like new, avoid wearing it while bathing, showering or swimming and don’t expose it to harsh chemicals like chlorine or ammonia. We recommend removing your gold jewelry before tackling household chores or working outside. When it comes to protecting your investment and keeping it looks its best, it’s always safest to err on the side of caution.Need a New 14k Gold Chain? We Have You Covered!
White gold is much-loved for its simple beauty and elegance. If you are someone who loves this metal, it’s important to know how to properly care for your 14k gold chains and other accessories. With the cleaning tips above, you should be able to keep your favorite pieces looking like new.
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If you have white gold jewelry that is scratched or damaged or won’t come clean using the method outlined above, talk to one of the professional jewelers here at Frost NYC. They’ll help you determine what to do if your jewelry needs some extra TLC.