8 Useful Tips for Cleaning Gold Jewellery

Jewellery | Fashion and Lifestyle 06 Jul 2017

8 Useful Tips for Cleaning Gold Jewellery

While your skin may have adverse reactions to certain metals, gold is a wonderfully inert metal that even the most sensitive skins do not react to. However, it is often combined with other metals such as lead or silver though when making jewellery, and these metals are not as non-reactive as gold. This can cause jewellery to lose shine over time. Additionally, pieces that are worn regularly can become dirty due to exposure to sweat, chemicals in soap, etc. Here are some tips to ensure that the gold you love retains its allure.

  1. Tip 1 – Water + Ammonia. Mix 1 part ammonia to 2 parts water* and immerse your gold for 3 to 5 minutes in the solution. Gently wipe clean with a soft cloth and let dry. * This won’t apply for jewellery that contains platinum or pearls, they will corrode from the chemical interaction.
  2. Tip 2- Keep pressure low. Gentle buffing is key. If you’re using a toothbrush, make sure it has soft bristles, so that it loosens dirt without scratching your jewellery.
  3. Tip 3- Keep it together. If you’re using a wash-basin, kitchen sink or tub, plug or cover a drain hole beforehand. This will ensure you don’t accidentally send small items down the drain and panic.
  4. Tip 4- Extra caution. If you think your jewellery’s gemstones may be glued-in, avoid dipping or submerging the piece/s in water, as that can loosen the glue. Instead, use a soft polish cloth that you can dip in gentle cleaning liquid and water, and rub your ornaments clean.
  5. Tip 5- Warm Hot.If your jewellery is studded with gemstones or other ornaments, the heat could cause damage to them. Opals, for instance, can crack from rapidly changing temperatures. So, use warm/tepid water when cleaning your jewellery.
  6. Tip 6- Search your kitchen shelf.You can clean your pure gold jewellery by coating it with a thin layer of baking soda. Then, pour a bit of vinegar over it, and rinse clean with water. Make sure you wear gloves to avoid any reactions with your skin.
  7. Tip 7- Quick tip for a quick clean. If you’re running out of time, or patience, rub some toothpaste on your gold jewellery. Leave on for a few minutes, and buff with a soft cloth. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush to clean out any crevices.
  8. Tip 8 – Store smart. Store your jewellery in zip-lock bags to keep out moisture and dust. Also, have different pouches for gold, silver, diamond, and other ornaments. This will prevent scratches, chipping, or other damage.

Use these simple tips to clean your gold jewellery and preserve it for the future- both yours and the next generation's.


Household ammonia ranges in concentration by weight from 5 to 10%. You don’t need higher strength solutions for home use. Never mix ammonia with bleach, or any product containing chlorine - the combination produces toxic fumes that can be deadly if inhaled. Always work in a well-ventilated space. Wear rubber gloves and avoid getting ammonia, or other cleaning agents on your skin or in your eyes. Always store ammonia out of the reach of children.

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