Antique Gold Jewellery Care
Antique Gold Jewellery is quite tough and its care quite easy compared to many other jewellery materials. But before you jump in dunking your precious gold into jewellery dip or giving it 10 minutes in an ultrasonic machine there are a few things to consider:
- Is it antique gold? Now antique gold is no less tough than modern gold and you can still clean it in jewellery cleaner if you wish if it is real gold and solid. Probably the only way you can be certain is if its hallmarked but much antique gold jewellery is not. If it is not hallmarked can you be certain its gold? Don’t risk gold filled or rolled gold in harsh chemicalsMany antique gold brooches are hollow in the middle, don’t soak these as the liquid gets in and is very hard to get out again.
- Is it set or mounted with other materials? Very hard gemstones including Diamonds, Sapphires and Rubies are normally ok for cleaning with your gold but with other stones, I would hesitate
- Is it in good condition? If your gold jewellery has a little damage harsh cleaning can make things worse. For example, loose stones can fall out completely in an ultrasonic machine – believe me, its happened to me. So if your jewellery is less than perfect I suggest you take it to your local jeweller rather than cleaning it.
and there are no other materials in it which can get harmed along the way. Now you can choose how to proceed. Gold rings can be the toughest with lots of dirt trapped in the setting. Normally a soak in a jewellery dip you buy from the supermarket is the best way to proceed or in an ultrasonic machine with plenty of water and a few drops of washing up liquid. Do read the jewellery dip carefully and always follow the instructions and rinse carefully after use before patting dry. The same applies to ultrasonic machines.
Gold plated, rolled gold and imitation gold jewellery should be cleaned with more caution. A wipe with a damp cloth may help followed by patting dry with a lint free cloth. You can buy jewellery cleaning cloths, these are much more gentle than jewellery dip and can be used occasionally on these metals.
Following these guidelines should see your jewels safely bright and sparkly.