Care Instructions

Caring for and Cleaning Your Solid Gold Jewelry

Keep your solid gold jewelry looking beautiful by following the care tips below.

Caring for Solid Gold Jewelry
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Solid gold is a soft metal and if not handled delicately can be bent very easily.

If you are having trouble fitting your earrings in your cartilage piercings (like the daith or tragus), I would always recommend visiting your local piercer where they can fit the jewelry for you.

Can Solid Gold Jewelry Tarnish?
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Gold is one of the least reactive chemical elements. Pure gold does not combine easily with oxygen, so it stays shiny and does not rust or tarnish.

However, pure gold or 24 karat gold is much too soft to be used in jewelry, so it is usually alloyed with other base metals to make it stronger. These metals alloyed with gold may react with oxygen, chemicals, and moisture, which can tarnish your solid gold jewelry.

The effect is not permanent, and gold can be cleaned and polished back to its original glory with some simple cleaning techniques.

Tarnishing can happen if you leave your earrings in 24/7 and shower, exercise, or swim with them in. Other factors that may contribute to tarnishing solid gold jewelry include consistent exposure to high amounts of chemicals in perfume, hairspray, deodorants, and cleaning products like chlorine and detergents.

Some people's natural body oils are also more likely to tarnish solid gold than others.

How Should I Clean My Solid Gold Jewelry?
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Here's a simple way to keep your jewelry sparkly and lustrous.

**You'll need:**

* A watertight container - a shallow tub or bowl is best
* Some aluminum foil
* A kettle to boil the water
* A couple of teaspoons of bicarbonate of soda

**Method:**

1. Line your tub with the aluminum foil, making sure the shiny side of the foil is facing upwards.
2. Place your jewelry in the tub, ensuring it's touching the foil.
3. Pour boiling water over the jewelry, making sure it's covered.
4. Add the bicarbonate of soda/baking powder - roughly 2 tbsp per liter of boiling water.
5. Let it bubble and fizz - you might start to see the tarnish lift and the beautiful luster below shine through.
6. If the piece is badly tarnished, you may need to repeat the process a few times.
7. Wait 10 minutes, then remove the jewelry from the tub using a spoon to avoid burning yourself.
8. Pat the jewelry dry with some paper kitchen towel.

You can also use an anti-tarnish jewelry polishing cloth to buff and polish your solid gold jewelry.