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CLEANING PRECIOUS METALS


Caring for your gold jewelry

To maintain your jewelry's sparkle, try to clean your jewelry on a regular basis – once a month is a good rule of thumb. A simple way to clean your gold or platinum jewelry is to soak it in warm water mixed with a few drops of ammonia. Gentle use of an old, soft-bristled (kid's) toothbrush is useful for more extensive cleaning. After cleaning and rinsing, dry and polish with a soft cloth. Please always remember to close your drain if you are cleaning near a sink.

When you are not wearing your jewelry, store it in a fabric-lined case with separate compartments, or wrap pieces individually in soft tissue paper. Don't take the risk of your jewelry pieces scratching one another.

While lasting and durable, gold can become scratched or dented, particularly if handled roughly. Regularly check your gold jewelry for loose prongs or any damage, promptly bringing it to a professional jeweler for repair if needed.


Cleaning White Gold Jewelry

One of the most frequently asked questions is how to clean white gold. When white gold is sold, it is always rhodium plated. Rhodium is a hard, durable, silvery-white metal that can be polished to a high shine. This gives white gold, which is actually a very pale yellow, a very white look in the showcase and on your finger. This white look will last varying amounts of time depending on wear and tear. On earrings it can last a lifetime. On rings the rhodium will start wearing off where there is a lot of friction. This usually starts by the shank (the part of the ring that goes around the finger) starting to "turn yellow". This is the rhodium wearing off. As you continue to wear the ring, all the exposed edges and corners will start "yellowing" as well.

cleaning white gold: before
Before

The easiest and least expensive solution is to have your jewelry re-rhodiumed. You can usually do this at your local jeweler for a small fee or you can send your jewelry to us at DiamondIdeals and

we will re-rhodium and polish your ring FOR FREE
(shipping and insurance are not included).

Please contact us at info@diamondideals.com for more details.

cleaning white gold: before
After rhodium and polishing

This is a temporary solution and will have to be repeated as this new layer wears off. A more permanent solution would be to consider having the experts at DiamondIdeals remount your stones in a platinum or palladium alloy ring.

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