From necklaces and bracelets to engagement rings and wedding bands, white gold is a stylish metal for different types of jewelry and has been on-trend for a while now.
If you have any special pieces of white gold, you’ll want to keep them in top condition. Careful cleaning can help your jewelry last longer and look as wonderful as it did on the day you bought it.
Jewelry made from different metals can’t all be cleaned in the same way, and you should take care to ensure the longevity of your lovely trinkets.
Read on to discover what materials you’ll need to clean your white gold, and how to clean in the most effective way.
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How is White Gold Different to Yellow Gold?
White gold is a composite made up of yellow gold and white metals, as well as the plating on top which stops the yellow color showing through.
The resulting color and shine of the metal makes it beautiful and sought after, but it also means you have to take extra care when cleaning it.
Also remember that, like yellow gold, white gold is a soft metal. It can easy be scratched or dented, even by other jewelry in your jewelry box.
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Don’t let your jewels get piled up on top of each other. To keep your precious items looking good for longer, store them appropriately and clean regularly.
What You Need
- Small Bowl or Basin
- Warm Water
- Soft Bristled Brush (toothbrush size)
- Baking Soda
- Jewelers Cloth, Chamois Cloth or Microfiber Cloth
How to Clean White Gold – Step by Step
Before you start, carefully inspect your jewelry for any damage that might be made worse by the cleaning process. In particular, if your white gold jewelry has any gemstones such as diamonds, check that none of these are loose.
A stone that wiggles about might become dislodged and lost once submerged in water for cleaning, so always check first. Also, check any chain links or clasps for damage.
Broken or damaged jewelry should be fixed by a professional jeweler before cleaning can take place. But, leave yourself enough time to clean the jewelry properly.
Don’t rush the process – white gold needs to soak in warm water for around twenty minutes before the cleaning can take place, and you should never rush the clean or you risk scrubbing scratches into the metal’s soft surface.
For one or two pieces of jewelry, give yourself an hour to complete the task without any extra pressure.
Prepare a bowl with some warm water and a little squirt of liquid dish soap – about 5 ml of dish soap to 2 cups of warm water.
Stir the water to make the dish soap bubbly, and then leave your jewelry to soak for about 20 to 25 minutes.
Don’t use hot or boiling water, just make it tepid. Overly hot water can damage the metal.
Don’t leave your jewelry to soak if it has either onyx stones or pearls. Instead, soak a cloth in the warm dish soap water and wrap around the metal parts of the jewelry – not the stones.
Make a paste by combining the baking soda with a little water – it should be a thick paste and shouldn’t be too wet. Take the jewelry out of the water and gently shake any excess water off of it.
Using a soft bristled brush, scrub the paste onto the jewelry. This is why you should check the jewelry before you wash, as the scrubbing could dislodge a loose stone.
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Work slowly and carefully, making sure to work the bristles and paste into any small crevices. Jewelry might look clean, but there are tiny spaces that can get filled with sweat, skin particles, dirt and other grime.
Rinse the brush each time it starts getting dirty before applying new paste. If the jewelry is really grubby, mix the baking soda with white vinegar instead of water.
Once the white gold jewelry has been thoroughly cleaned with the brush, rinse it under warm running water.
Make sure that the water can run easily through the clasp and all other nooks and crannies. It’s important to dry the jewelry carefully.
You can’t leave it to air dry as water spots could forms on the metal or stones, or cause a build-up of dirt. Make sure you dry the jewelry with the correct type of cloth.
Start by gently patting and never rub too hard. Just using an ordinary towel could easily allow fibers to catch on the jewelry and get stuck or cause damage.
Use a special jeweler’s cloth or a microfiber cloth that won’t damage your jewelry.
What to Do If Your White Gold is Scratched
Even when you take the utmost care to ensure gentle handling of your jewelry, sometimes it can become scratched.
If you notice a scratch in your white gold, don’t try to fix the problem yourself.
Always take it to a professional jeweler to be properly restored. This will be done by carefully polishing the scratch out.
However, bear in mind that if a piece is polished too often then it can cause the rhodium to wear away, so it’s always best to be on the safe side and avoid scratches as much as possible!
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