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It's no secret that gold is one of the most popular materials used in jewelry. Because it's so widely loved, it's also important to know how to keep your gold jewelry looking its best. Here are a few tips on how to clean gold chain.
When it comes to cleaning your gold chains, you need to understand exactly what type of gold you have. That usually means taking into account the gold's karat, plating, and color (as well as the alloy used to achieve that color).
Higher karat golds contain more pure gold, with 24k consisting of 100% pure gold and lower karats containing a mix of gold and other metals. 14k gold is the most popular karat because it's strong enough to withstand everyday wear and tear but more affordable than higher karats.
Lower karat golds contain less pure gold and have a duller appearance, but they are more durable than higher karat chains, requiring less care over time.
Gold plating is when a thin layer of gold is applied to another metal. The most common metals used as a base for gold plating are brass and copper. Gold-plated jewelry can also be found with a silver or rhodium base. If you have a gold plated chain, you should avoid exposing it to cleaning chemicals as this can cause the gold plating to wear off, exposing the metal beneath.
The most common colors for gold jewelry are yellow, white, and rose. Yellow gold is the traditional color of gold and is achieved by adding copper and silver to pure gold. White gold is created when Palladium or Nickel is added to pure gold, giving it a brighter, whiter appearance. Rose gold is made by adding copper, which gives it a pinkish hue.
When cleaning your gold chain, be sure to avoid chemicals that can dull its appearance, especially if it is a lower karat alloy.
The best way to clean your gold chains is with a simple mixture of warm water and dish soap.
Start by adding a few drops of liquid dish soap to a bowl of warm water. Gently swirl the chain around in the soapy water for a few minutes, taking care not to tangle it. Rinse the chain thoroughly with clean water to remove any soap residue.
If your chain is extra dirty, you can make a paste out of baking soda and water and use an old toothbrush to scrub it clean. Be sure to rinse the chain thoroughly when you're finished.
After cleaning your gold chain, you can give it a little extra shine with a polishing cloth. Simply rub the cloth over the entire chain in a circular motion until the chain is shiny.
While you can certainly clean your gold chains at home, it's always a good idea to have them professionally cleaned every now and then. A professional jeweler will be able to clean your chains without damaging them, and they will also be able to check for any damage that may have occurred over time.
Bent chain links, broken clasps, and other damages are not uncommon. A professional jeweler can notice these issues and offer repair services to keep your gold chains in great shape.
The best way to clean the chain is to bring the chain to one of our locations. We will clean your chain free of charge – even if you didn’t buy it from us. We do a better job because we use chemicals that were developed specifically to clean gold. We also use a professional ultrasonic cleaner and professional grade steamer to remove any foreign substance.
If you decide that you would like to update your chain, we will accept it for trade against a new chain even if you didn’t buy the old chain from us.
There are a few things you can do to keep your gold chains in excellent condition:
With proper care, your gold chains will last for many years. Clean them regularly and store them properly to keep them looking their best!
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