How to Clean Gold Jewellery | Gold Rings, Earrings, Necklaces – Step by Step Guide

Jeweller hand polishing and cleaning gold jewelry ring with micro fiber fabric

How to Clean Gold Jewellery | Gold Rings, Earrings, Necklaces – Step by Step Guide

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Gold jewellery is at the heart of most of our jewellery collections. From a lady’s jewellery box to a gentleman’s wedding ring, it’s important to keep your gold clean and polished to ensure that it stays as beautiful and perfect as the day it was made. Gold jewellery you wear every day should be cleaned every few weeks, while gold jewellery you wear occasionally may only need to be cleaned once a year.

The question is: what is the right way to clean gold jewellery like rings, earrings, and necklaces? As cleaning professionals, Regional Services has your back. Here is a simple, step-by-step guide to keeping your gold jewellery beautifully clean year after year.


Gold Jewellery Cleaning Supplies

  • Jewellery cleaning and polishing cloths
    • Or microfibre cloths
    • Or clean dish cloths
  • Bowl of warm water
  • Plain dish soap
  • Ammonia
  • New soft baby toothbrush
    • Or a new paintbrush

Gather your supplies. To clean gold jewellery, you will need soapy water, polishing cloths, and a baby toothbrush. If you don’t have some of those things, a soft microfibre or kitchen cloth will do, or even paper towels. Instead of a soft toothbrush, you can use soft flat-tipped paintbrush that is clean and dry.


How to Clean Gold Jewellery

Cleaning gold rings and necklaces is a simple process once you now how to go through the process gently and carefully. You will be soaking your jewellery, gently wiping it, and brushing out the fittings. Multiple soaking is OK to help get your jewellery fully clean, especially if you wear it every day.

Step 1: Make a Soaking Mixture

First, make your soaking mixture. Take a bowl of warm (not hot) water and add a few drops of normal dish soap. Dawn blue or other not particularly scented or special dish soap is usually OK. With gold and diamonds, you can also add a few drops of ammonia for added cleaning power. However, do not use ammonia on coloured gems which may be more porous.

Step 2: Soak Your Gold Jewellery

Once the cleaning solution is ready, set your gold earrings and such into the bowl. Let them soak for about 10-15 minutes. Some jewellers suggest first cool water followed by hot water for soaking your gold jewellery.

Step 3: Wipe the Jewellery Dry

Once the gold jewellery is soaked, pull each piece out and gently wipe it dry with a microfibre or soft kitchen cloth. Examine your jewellery closely to identify any smudges on the surface or crumbs in the fittings.

Step 4: Gently Brush the Fittings

With the soft baby toothbrush or paintbrush, gently work out any crumbs or dust that may have stuck or built-up in the gold ring fittings, or gold necklace setting. If you need to, soak the jewellery again in warm, soapy water and gently scrub at the fittings until they are completely clean.

Step 5: Polish with Gold Polishing Cloths

Once your jewellery is perfectly clean, use gold polishing cloths to return that beautiful jewellery store lustre. Polish your gold only every few months, even if you clean regularly.


Safely Cleaning Coloured Gemstones

A word to the wise,  some coloured gemstones are porous and require special care in cleaning. For any stone other than diamond, check specific cleaning instructions or ask your jeweller for the safest way to keep your coloured gemstone jewellery clean.


Regional Services London Cleaning Experts

Here at Regional Services, knowing how to clean everything is all in the game. From office furniture to gold jewellery, we can ensure that your professional space will look and feel pristine or help you achieve the effect for yourself. For more step-by-step cleaning guides or to hire a London commercial cleaning service. contact us today.

Regional Services

Regional Services

Regional Services are an experienced commercial and office cleaning company based in London. Regional Services are an award winning and fully accredited cleaning company who provide a full range of facility management services and expertise including cleaning, maintenance, waste removal, pest control, gardening and more.


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