With time, dust, perspiration and cosmetic products can all harm the quality of gold jewelry and its luster. While gold, one of the noble metals, tends not to tarnish like silver, lower carat gold (9k, 14k) jewelry does tend to tarnish with time, especially if it comes in contact with chlorine, sulfur, perspiration or other acids. Gold jewelry is easy to clean and shine – a soft polishing cloth will do the job.
In case of heavy tarnishing, jewelry should be given professional treatment.
Like all silver products, silver jewelry tends to tarnish.
Caring for Silver Jewelry and Preventing Tarnishing
We all have experience with silver jewelry that tarnishes with time and loses its beauty. This happens because silver reacts with the oxygen in the air and oxidizes. High humidity and body acids also contribute to tarnishing. Tarnishing on jewelry is not a defect; it is the result of a chemical reaction that happens with time. All jewelry can regain its original luster.
Silver jewelry should be kept in closed containers, without exposure to the air around.
Silver jewelry (rings) should be removed before coming into contact with dishwashing soap and should preferably not come in contact with perfumes, creams and other cosmetic products.
Silver jewelry should be removed before going into the sea, pool, jacuzzi or spa that contain chlorine or sulfur and it is also recommended to remove silver jewelry before showering. Perfumes are harmful for jewelry - it is recommended to put on perfume before putting on jewelry. Perfumes can spoil gemstones such as pearls and Roman glass, as well as tarnish jewelry. It is also recommended to remove jewelry before sleeping and store it in a closed container.
My Jewelry has tarnished, What should I do?
The easiest treatment is polishing with a silver cleaning cloth, which is inexpensive and effective. If the cloth is carefully kept in its container after use, it will remain in good condition for many polishings.
Using a Cloth: The Jewelry should first be carefully and gently cleaned, without harsh movements. For best results, the jewelry should be held in one hand and gently polished with the other. For perfect results, when a polishing cloth is not sufficient, it is advisable to send the jewelry for professional treatment.
Grandmothers' Traditional Cleaning Methods - Always effective
With Toothpaste – Silver jewelry (without gemstones) can be gently polished with toothpaste in the same way as brushing teeth.
With Dishwashing Soap – The jewelry should be immersed in water with detergent and left to soak for a few minutes.
With Soda Bicarbonate – Insert a piece of silver foil, then the jewelry, add soda bicarbonate and warm water. The jewelry will regain its original shine.
Gold-plated Silver Jewelry
Gold-plating consists of a thin layer of gold which coats the silver on the outside only. Gold-plated Jewelry should be removed before showering to prevent harm to the plating. Additionally, gold-plated jewelry should be kept in the same way as silver jewelry and not come in contact with perfumes, chlorine or sulfur.
Jewelry with Gemstones
Gemstones are natural stones with varying hardnesses, that are liable to break if not carefully handled. It is advisable not to shower with gemstone jewelry and not to bring it into contact with chemical products of any sort, which are liable to change the colors of the gemstones.