The Definitive Guide to Maintaining Gold Jewelry
Have you wondered what the difference is between all the types of gold jewelry? Did you know that each one requires its own unique care instructions? Well, don't worry, we'll spell everything out for you in this blog. Whether you just bought your first forever piece, you've been wanting to pull out that old plated necklace, or you recently discovered your mom's jewelry box, this guide is for you.
Keep reading for a detailed explanation of each gold jewelry category. Plus, see best tips for general care and how to deep clean your gold. Remember, avoid using abrasive materials or harsh chemicals that can damage the gold or gold layer.
What is Gold Fill?
Gold fill jewelry is made by bonding a layer of gold to a base metal, usually brass or copper. It contains a higher percentage of gold compared to gold plated jewelry and has a much higher tarnish resistance. We don't recommend wearing it in salt water or chlorine. It is also generally safe to use with lotions and skincare products, but avoid strong chemicals like retinol or glycolic acid. To clean gold fill jewelry, gently wipe it with a soft cloth to remove any dirt or oils.
What is Gold Plated?
Gold plated jewelry is made by applying a thin layer of gold onto a base metal, such as brass or silver. It has a lower gold content compared to gold fill or solid gold jewelry. We recommend removing it in while in water and avoiding contact with lotions and creams. For extra longevity, store it in a plastic bag to protect from moisture in the air. To clean gold plated jewelry, use a mild soap and warm water solution. Gently scrub the jewelry with a soft brush or cloth, and then rinse it thoroughly before drying.
What is Gold Vermeil?
Gold vermeil jewelry is made by plating a thick layer of gold onto sterling silver. The gold layer must be at least 2.5 microns thick to be considered vermeil. Like gold plated jewelry, avoid contact with water, lotions, and creams. It may also last longer when stored in an airtight location. To clean gold vermeil jewelry, use a mixture of mild soap and warm water. Gently scrub the jewelry with a soft brush or cloth, rinse it thoroughly, and dry.
What is Solid Gold?
Solid gold jewelry is made entirely of gold. To add durability for everyday wear, metal alloys may be added. It is the most valuable type of gold jewelry. To clean solid gold jewelry, use a mild soap and warm water solution. Gently scrub the jewelry with a soft brush or cloth, and then rinse it thoroughly. Dry the jewelry with a soft cloth to prevent water spots.
How to Deep Clean Gold Jewelry:
1. Fill a bowl with warm water and add a few drops of mild dish soap.
2. Place your gold jewelry in the soapy water, but don't let it soak for more than a couple minutes.
3. Gently scrub the jewelry with a soft brush or cloth to remove any dirt or oils.
4. Rinse the jewelry thoroughly under warm (not hot) running water.
5. Dry the jewelry with a soft cloth to prevent water spots.
6. For stubborn dirt or tarnish, you can use a jewelry cleaning solution specifically designed for gold. Pay special attention to jewelry with precious stones or gems, as each has unique properties and will react differently to water.
Cleaning your gold jewelry regularly will help maintain its shine and beauty. Whether you have gold fill, gold plated, gold vermeil, or solid gold jewelry, following these cleaning methods will ensure that your pieces stay in great condition for years to come.
Now that each piece in your jewelry box is sparkly and ready for a new life, you'll feel so much more excited to curate your jewelry-scape each day.
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