We believe the unique set of dents and scratches your gold and platinum jewellery will inevitably pick up as you wear it adds character and tells a story. This superficial damage won’t even affect the value of your investment.
However, we also understand that you’ll want to avoid damage that truly impacts the look and lustre of your gold rings, bracelets or necklaces.
With that in mind, here are some tips for wearing, cleaning and storing your jewellery in such a way as to keep your gold and platinum looking their best.
Wear with care
Good news: there are a few really simple steps you can take to make sure you keep your gold and platinum jewellery looking great and requiring less cleaning. It’s all about how you wear it and when not to wear it.
You’ve invested in 24k gold or platinum, but with purity comes some pitfalls. One of the big things to remember is that your jewellery is softer than cheaper alloys.
With this in mind, you should avoid putting it through activities that are likely to lead to excessive scratching or denting. Consider taking it off before sports or housework.
Keep away from pools
As far as pure gold and platinum are concerned, chlorine is the devil. Even when diluted in swimming pools, it can still damage and discolour your jewellery.
Swimming is also just a great opportunity for your jewellery to slip off and get lost, so we recommend removing it even if you’re going for a dip in unchlorinated water.
Don’t tangle with cleaning products
Just like the chlorine in swimming pools, loads of cleaning products contain bleach, abrasives, acids and other substances which can cause damage and discolouration to your jewellery.
While these substances shouldn’t be in contact with your skin anyway, you definitely need to keep them away from your jewellery. Rubber gloves are very much recommended.
Be careful with cosmetics
You’ll probably spot the theme by now: your jewellery doesn’t like too many different substances, and this means perfumes, hand creams and makeup, too.
When you’re applying cosmetics of any kind, think about removing your jewellery to limit its exposure to these substances. While most cosmetics won’t do too much damage, over time repeat exposure will remove the shine from your jewellery.
One of the big benefits of buying 24k gold and platinum jewellery is that the metals are unreactive and don’t corrode easily (it’s the reason they’re also hypoallergenic).
However, as you wear your jewellery, the metal is exposed to skin oils, cosmetics, sweat, dirt, and other substances which can remove the shiny lustre of the piece. To help keep it looking great for longer, you should give your jewellery regular cleaning.
- Mix a cleaning solution. Mix 10 parts of warm water and 2 parts dish soap to create a cleaning solution.
- Soak your jewellery. Let your piece soak in the solution for 1 to 2 hours to give the soap time to break down the oils and dirt.
- Gently brush. Take a soft-bristled brush, and very gently scrub your jewellery to remove dirt.
- Rinse and dry. Rinse off the soap under clean water and blot dry with a cloth.
- Polish (optional). After cleaning, you may use a gold and platinum polish to bring out the lustre. Be sure to use a fabric cloth rather than paper towels to avoid scratches.
Things to avoid when cleaning your jewellery include:
- Using abrasives. Don’t use tools or fluids which will cause unnecessary rubbing or scratches.
- Bleach. Bleach can damage gold and platinum and cause permanent discolouration.
- Cleaning too often. Cleaning when not necessary can lead to your jewellery losing its definition and shape.
- Further damage. If your jewellery is already damaged, the process of cleaning can make the problem worse.
Not planning to wear your gold jewellery for a while? Be sure to store it in conditions that will maintain its lustre.
The best place for your 7879 jewellery to live is inside a dry, clean jewellery box lined with fabric.
If you’re storing more than one piece in a single box, ideally you should wrap each piece in a clean, dry cloth inside the box. This will prevent the pieces from scratching each other, and will make sure that there’s no tangling of chains.