When your gold jewelry starts to show wear, you may be wondering the proper way to restore it to its previous luster. Since gold is not cheap, you want to ensure you get the job done right. With the price of raw gold sharply increasing over the years, no one can afford a mistake. You also will not want to explain to your spouse that you trashed their heirloom family wedding ring trying to save a few dollars.
We are going to walk you through the process of cleaning your gold jewelry step by step. Please note that this guide is meant for jewelry that is composed mainly of gold. Gold plated jewelry only contains a very thin layer of gold, so you risk extensive damage to your jewelry if you use the below method. Also, please do not use the below method if your jewelry contains gemstones or complex settings.
Gather the Necessary Supplies
The very first think you will need to do is gather your jewelry (obviously). Place a clean, preferably microfiber cloth down at your work area. Make sure this area is well lit, to avoid having to clean your jewelry twice.
The most simple way to ensure you have the proper supplies is to buy a kit. If you don’t feel like waiting for a gold jewelry cleaning kit to be delivered, that is perfectly fine too. You can get the job done with some basic supplies that you probably have around the house. You will need:
- A few very clean, lint free cleaning cloths
- A very soft bristle toothbrush (if it is soft or harder, you will ruin your gold)
- Ammonia (please make sure it is pure. Windex will ruin your gold)
- A magnifying glass (optional)
- Lukewarm water
- Q-Tips (depending on the shape of your jewelry)
Cleaning Your Jewelry
After getting your work area set up and your lights turned on, you are ready to begin cleaning your gold jewelry. Use a very small amount of ammonia, and spread it on the piece. Let it soak through the dirt for a short period of time. This will ensure that any debris and dirt properly break down.
When the dirt on your gold begins to break down, very carefully begin to brush around your piece of jewelry. Remember, gold is extremely soft, and will scratch and dent very easily; especially if it is 24 karat.
After brushing your jewelry, rinse it off in warm water. Most of the dirt and debris should come off with ease. If there is still a fair amount of dirt on the jewelry, repeat the previous step. If you get tired of doing this over and over, you can always purchase a machine.
After you are satisfied with the look, carefully wipe your jewelry with a clean, lint free cloth. You can also use a Q-Tip at this point if your jewelry has a lot of nooks and crannies.
Enjoying Your Like New Gold
After following the above steps, you should have a ring or piece of jewelry that looks brand new. Cleaning your jewelry a few times a year will keep it looking new for decades to come. Feel free to share this article, or bookmark it for future use. Also check out our store for unique jewelry of past and new.