Cleaning Gold Jewellery

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Cleaning Gold Jewellery

Discover some of our favourite tips, tricks and recommendations when cleaning your 9ct, 14ct, 18ct & 22ct gold jewellery to keep it shining.

Gold jewellery usually comes in 9ct, 14ct, 18ct and 22ct. Just like silver, pure gold is too soft to really craft jewellery from which is why it is alloyed with other metals to give it the strength to work with. 9ct Gold is made up of 37.5% gold, 14ct is made of 58.5% gold, 18ct is made up of 75% gold and 22ct made of 91.6% gold. The rest is made up of these alloy metals like zinc and copper. Due to this, gold jewellery can be susceptible to tarnish and oxidisation which is why it is important to correctly care for and clean your jewellery. Check out our guide on keeping your gold jewellery shining and in top condition.

For cleaning your gold jewellery we recommend using Connoisseurs Precious Jewellery Cleaner. This is because it is also safe for use for gold jewellery set with diamonds and precious stones. The polymers in Connoisseurs Precious Jewellery Cleaner can actually reduce the appearance of small scratches in settings. However if you do not have access to these products then using warm water with a very mild detergent is perfectly fine.

Connoisseurs Precious Jewellery Cleaner

  1. Unscrew the lid of your Connoisseurs Precious Jewellery Cleaner and remove the seal.
  2. Place a piece of gold or platinum jewellery into the dip tray and submerge in the solution for no longer than 30 seconds.
  3. Remove the drip tray from the solution and rinse the jewellery under warm water to remove the residue.
  4. Carefully and gently use a soft bristle brush or an old toothbrush to clean those hard to reach places and inbetween settings while making sure not to scratch your jewellery. 
  5. Gently dab your jewellery dry using a soft or microfiber cloth to prevent scratches to your jewellery 
  6. Using a polishing cloth, give your jewellery a once over to bring out its natural shine and lustre. (Connoisseurs Ultrasoft Gold Jewellery Polishing Cloth is perfect for this as it leaves a protective anti-tarnish layer and gives gold  jewellery a professional sparkle.)

Warm Water & Washing Up Liquid

When using warm water and detergent, it is important to use a very mild washing up liquid and only put one or two small drops into the water. This is because washing up liquid and other cleaning products contain chemicals that can wear away at the metals and do damage to your pieces in the long run. If you do need to use this method of cleaning, here is what we recommend:

  1. Fill up a bowl of warm water and add one small drop of a very mild washing up liquid. 
  2. Place your jewellery inside the soapy water and let it soak for around 20 minutes 
  3. Remove the jewellery from the water and use a soft cloth to remove the leftover dirt and reach those hard to reach areas
  4. To dry, gently dab your jewellery with a lint free cloth to make sure it does not get scratched, then give it a polish to bring out its shine. (Connoisseurs Gold Polishing Cloth is perfect for this as it is two in one and also leaves a protective layer that prevents new tarnish and gives gold jewellery a professional sparkle)

Stay Away From:

PLEASE NEVER USE BLEACH OR HOUSEHOLD CLEANERS ON YOUR JEWELLERY. These types of cleaners are a surefire way to ruin your jewellery in no time and should be avoided at all costs. 

Toothpaste is another novel cleaning method we recommend staying clear of as the chemicals inside can strip away the metals of your jewellery over time and leave it looking dull.