I’ve had a couple of people ask me on Twitter and Facebook about cleaning gold jewelry. Which got me thinking about how long it’s been since I cleaned mine! Let’s just say….a long time. :-)
So I gave my rings a close-up look and, to quote my Mom when we were little and she was cleaning our ears, “You could grow potatoes in there!” lol. Or, in other words, there was plenty of dirt and gunk there.
Lotion, soaps, and just plain everyday dirt can get caught in the prongs, and this makes the stones appear facetless and flat. That just won’t do! We want SPARKLY stones!
After some research I feel pretty confident that this is the most SAFE and EFFECTIVE way to clean your gold jewelry. Almost every source I went to said pretty much the same thing.
This particular advice comes from Good Housekeeping…and they seem to usually know what they’re talking about. ;-)
Give gold a bubble bath by pouring a few drops of mild dish soap into a small bowl of sodium-free seltzer water or club soda (the carbonation loosens soil and removes debris). Put the jewelry in the bowl to soak for about five minutes. Swish it around, fishing out each piece to go over settings and crevices with a SOFT toothbrush. Rinse under running water; dry with a soft cloth.
For costume jewelry, especially if stones are glued rather than set, dab a cloth into the bubbly solution and gently wipe any smudges or grime, then “rinse” with a cloth dampened in plain water. Pat dry and lay the pieces upside down so moisture won’t soak into the setting.
Now, to KEEP them clean…..
Remove rings when washing your hands or applying lotions, and after wearing, wipe body oils and perfume off pearls with a soft cloth.
And that’s it. Simple, but effective.