A Carat gold jewellery pieces make a fine jewellery collections. Gold comes in many different styles, shine and colours, but the care and cleaning procedure remains the same. Remove all jewellery before showering or cleaning. Soap can cause a film to form on karat gold jewellery, making it appear dull and stained. To clean your jewellery at home, use a soft chamois cloth an effective and inexpensive way to keep your gold lustrous and shining.
Do not wear gold jewellery while using chlorine bleach or in a pool or hot tub can remove tarnish with jewellery cleaner, or by using soap and water mixed with a few drops of ammonia. Carefully brush with a soft bristle brush. An old toothbrush can also be used. After the brushing, simply rinse with lukewarm water and allow it to dry. Gold jewellery set with coloured gemstones may requires special attention before showering, swimming, or house cleaning. Soap can leave a film on your jewellery make it appear dull and dingy. Chemicals such as chlorine or cleaning solutions can damage fine gold.
- For light cleaning of your gold jewellery, use a soft cloth with liquid detergent and lukewarm water.
- Grease can be removed by dipping your gold jewellery into plain rubbing alcohol. Protect your gold jewellery from scratching by using pouches or a compartmentalized jewellery box.
- After worn, chains and necklaces should be fastened and stored in separate boxes to avoid getting tangled.
- Never attempt to ‘clean’ your jewellery using any form of chemical. In fact, some gemstones and settings are so delicate that they should not even become wet.
- Avoid contact with hair spray, acetone, even creams and lotions can tarnish fine jewellery.
- It is advisable to put on gold jewellery after you have sprayed on your perfume. Pearls are especially vulnerable as their skins could get affected.
- After wearing jewellery, just wipe it gently with a soft dry cloth. This will help remove perspiration and ensure a shine that endures.
- Pearls, especially the cultured ones should be wrapped in tissue paper for protection.
- Do not ever use silver cleaning solutions on gold jewellery.
- Make sure jewellery is completely dry before you put it away. This is very important during the monsoons as moisture causes deterioration.
- The hardest precious stones can be chipped or shattered into pieces with a single blow at a vulnerable spot.
- Never dump jewellery in a drawer with other pieces the way you store clothes or lingerie as the items can scratch or dent each other. Never try to squeeze them into small sections of your purse as this too can result in them getting dented.
- Avoid wearing rings and bangles with precious stones while cooking as the heat can cause gems to dry out, fade or get discoloured.