Customers often ask me how to clean their gold filled jewelry and the truth is most jewelry designers will recommend you DO NOT actually clean gold filled jewelry since if done incorrectly, you can actually remove the top layers of solid gold, but in this post I will give you some really great tips on how to clean and care for your gold filled jewelry and how to prevent it from tarnishing to begin with.
Prevention is key:
1. Remember the last on first off rule. Put your jewelry on as the last part of your outfit, after all clothes are on and after makeup, perfumes and hair products have been applied. Make sure it is the first thing you remove from your body before taking off all clothes and makeup, etc. This will prevent product buildup.
2. Gold filled jewelry tarnishes or starts to darken once it has been exposed to skin, moisture, air and the elements. In order to prevent this, avoid wearing it in the shower, pool, during workouts, to bed and for extended periods of time.
3. The goal with gold filled jewelry is to prevent air or moisture exposure as much as possible so storing it in an airtight plastic bag when not in use is one of the BEST preventative measures.
4. If you've accumulated oil or product buildup on your jewelry, gently clean it by swishing it in a solution of mild dish soap and cool water, lightly pat dry and perform a light "quick polish" with a soft polishing cloth to restore shine. Avoid polishing with harsh polishing cloths or using a lot of pressure. Use an old soft t-shirt or super soft cloth to remove any remaining dirt and restore shine. And remember to store it in an airtight bag when not in use!
As always, each and every purchase includes care instructions. And airtight plastic bags are available for purchase in my shop here