Have you ever wondered if that Gold you got for a huge amount and has not stayed the value of its price starts fading and will never shine again or how to maintain the shine of that your generationally passed on Gold that just got into your custody? Having a piece of jewellery is one thing and maintaining its shine is another thing entirely. While pure gold does not tarnish, almost all gold jewellery is an alloy. Depending on the percentage of other metals mixed with the gold, there is a chance for tarnish. Better safe than sorry!
Table of Contents
- You can be your own goldsmith by using any of these methods;
- I. Soak Jewellery in Soap Solution:
- 2. Gold Can Be Made to Shine Using Ammonia:
- 3. Gold Can Be Made to Shine by Boiling:
- 4. Another Easy Way of Restoring Your Gold to Shine is with Toothpaste:
- 5. Gold can be Restored to shine with a Solution of Baking Soda
- 6. Finally Gold Can Shine Again by Consulting a Pro.
- Additional Tips to Make Gold Shine
You can be your own goldsmith by using any of these methods;
You can make gold to shine by mixing a mild dishwashing liquid with warm water following these processes;
I. Soak Jewellery in Soap Solution:
Add a few drops of mild liquid dish detergent in a bowl of lukewarm (not hot) water. Mix gently. Though ordinary tap water will work fine, for even better results, you can use sodium-free seltzer water or club soda. The carbonation in these liquids can help loosen accumulated dirt and debris. Drop your gold pieces into the solution and let them soak for about 15 minutes. Don’t use hot or boiling water, especially if your jewellery contains fragile precious stones. Some precious stones, like opals, can crack if subjected to rapid and drastic temperature changes. Similarly, don’t use freezing cold water because the grime (dirt)will contract and close up at the corners of your jewellery.
- Scrub the dirt away: Lift a piece of jewellery out of the solution and gently scrub it with a soft-bristle toothbrush to remove any dirt lodged in nooks and crannies.
- Rinse in warm water: Swish the piece around in a bowl of warm water to remove the soapy residue.
- Blot dry with a soft cloth: Using a soft cloth, dry your jewellery thoroughly and buff it a little to bring back the shine.
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2. Gold Can Be Made to Shine Using Ammonia:
Ammonia can also be used to restore shine to your gold jewellery. It is a powerful cleaner but chemically, it can be caustic. Therefore, avoid cleaning your jewellery with ammonia too often. Don’t use ammonia when cleaning gold jewellery pieces that contain platinum or pearls.
- Simply add one part ammonia and six-part water, stir gently.
- Soak the gold jewellery in the mixture for not more than one minute (ammonia can be slightly corrosive ).
- Use a kitchen strainer to make it easier to remove and rinse thoroughly under running water.
- Dry by placing on a towel or a soft free cloth and air dry before wearing it.
- If your jewellery is still wet, wearing it can trap moisture against your skin, leading to minor skin irritation.
3. Gold Can Be Made to Shine by Boiling:
All you need to know is when boiling is appropriate. Gold itself can be boiled with no problems. However, boiling delicate gemstones (like opals, pearls, coral, and moonstones) can cause them to crack or become damaged. Especially if the jewellery is cold before boiling. Boiling is also a bad idea for jewellery with glued-in gemstones, as it can loosen the glue. However, if you’re looking to clean heavily soiled jewellery made entirely out of gold or gold jewellery that contains “strong” gemstones (like diamonds), boiling is a great choice.
- Bring water to a boil. You don’t need to boil much water – just enough to submerge all of the jewellery in.
- As you’re waiting for the water to boil, set your gold jewellery in a sturdy bowl or another vessel that won’t be damaged by boiling water. Pyrex or
- Arrange jewellery in the dish or bowl so that no piece of jewellery is covering up another piece – the water should be able to reach every piece of jewellery.
- Carefully pour the water over your jewellery. Be very careful not to spill or splash by pouring too rapidly – boiling water can cause serious burns. When all of the jewellery is completely submerged, you’ve added enough water.
- Wait for the water to cool. When you can comfortably put your hands in the water, you can remove the jewellery.
- Follow a good boiling by scrubbing each piece of jewellery with a soft brush(tiny tipped brush is advisable like make-up brushes.etc. , then dabbing it dry with a soft towel and allowing it to sit and air-dry completely.
- As boiling water loosens the dirt, wax, grime, etc. that’s built up on your jewellery, it may float to the surface of the water. The dirtier your water looks, the more dirt you’ve removed from your jewellery!! So don’t be afraid when your water becomes dirty.
4. Another Easy Way of Restoring Your Gold to Shine is with Toothpaste:
Yes, toothpaste! All you need is some toothpaste and an old toothbrush. Apply the paste on the brush and clean your tarnished gold jewellery just like you brush your teeth. Just be little more gentle on the jewellery as you do not want it to break it. Brush the jewellery for a few minutes and wash it with tap water. Later, dry it with a soft cloth.
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5. Gold can be Restored to shine with a Solution of Baking Soda
Baking soda and water:
A mixture of baking soda and water is an ultimate solution for your gold jewellery to shine again and end your woes.
- Soak your jewellery in a solution of warm water and a pinch of baking soda and plain water.
- After a few minutes wash the jewellery with plain water and pat with a soft cloth.
- This one especially is for gold studded with gemstones or jewellery. Take out your stationery box and use the rubber to wipe out blemish from the gemstones.
Baking soda and vinegar
Vinegar with baking soda can be used to clean gold jewellery and make them shine again but this method should only be used on sturdy 14-karat gold jewellery. Or, you could try using just distilled white vinegar or apple cider vinegar (less acidic than white vinegar); Mix three parts baking soda to one part water.
- Mix the ingredients together until thick paste forms. The paste should have a toothpaste-like consistency.
- Apply the paste with a cotton swab: You can also use a sponge to apply the paste. Cover the entire piece of gold with the paste. Then place the piece of gold in a small plastic cup or container.
- Pour vinegar over the gold: Use distilled white vinegar. The gold should be completely submerged in the vinegar. Let the gold set in the vinegar for five minutes.
- Rinse and dry the gold: Place the gold under warm running water. Rinse the gold thoroughly until the baking soda-vinegar solution is removed. Use a soft cloth to dry your pieces of gold.
If the gold is still dirty use a different method. Also, try to avoid scrubbing the gold with a toothbrush to clean it; you may accidentally scratch it by scrubbing it with baking soda and a toothbrush.
Do not use this method for pieces of gold that contain pearls and gemstones. The combination of baking soda and vinegar may damage them.
Baking Soda and Dish Soap to make Gold shine again
- Combine warm water, dish soap, and baking soda in a bowl. Use one cup (236.6 ml) of water, a teaspoon (4.93 ml) of dish soap and a teaspoon of baking soda. Mix the ingredients together until they are well-combined and the baking soda is dissolved.
- If this does not make enough solution, then just double or triple the recipe.
- Place the gold in the solution. Make sure the gold is fully submerged in the solution. Let the gold set in the solution for 20 to 30 minutes.
- Gently scrub the gold. Use a new (or unused) soft-bristled toothbrush to do this. Scrub the gold with the toothbrush until all of the built-up dirt and grime are removed.
- Only scrub the gold if the solution did not remove the built-up dirt and grime.
- Avoid scrubbing your gold too hard; you may scratch the gold by scrubbing it too hard.
- Rinse and dry the gold. Place your gold under warm running water. Rinse the gold thoroughly until all of the solutions is removed. Use a soft cloth to dry the gold thoroughly until all the water is removed.
This method is safe to use on gold pieces that contain diamonds and not safe for gold that contains pearls.
6. Finally Gold Can Shine Again by Consulting a Pro.
The next step depends on what type of gold item it is. If the gold is still dull, jewellery can be machine cleaned (ultrasonic, ionic, or steam cleaners are available for purchase). If that doesn’t work or the piece is too big for such cleaner, its time to call in a pro for a polish.
Additional Tips to Make Gold Shine
- Remove your jewellery before showering to avoid the accumulation of foam from other body washes.
- Do not store gold in plastic bags.
- Never use baking soda or abrasives on gold to avoid loss of shine.
- Chlorine, especially at high temperatures like in a hot tub, can permanently damage or discolor your gold jewellery. Remember to remove it when cleaning with chlorine bleach, too!
- Lay or hang the pieces upside down after cleaning. Allow your jewellery to dry in this way. By letting your jewellery dry upside down, you allow any remaining moisture to drip out, ensuring it won’t soak into the setting
These simple steps will ensure that your gold jewellery shines always and will never lose its charm for years to come!