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While silver has grown in popularity over the last few years, gold continues to be a staple in everyone’s jewelry box. Whether it’s a vintage gold ring or a new tennis bracelet, taking care of your gold jewelry will protect its beauty for years to come. If you plan on selling gold in Atlanta in the near future, these cleaning tips from the Elan Diamond Group will also preserve the value of your jewelry.

Daily Wear

The first and most important thing you need to know about gold is that it’s a soft metal. Compared to silver and titanium, gold is more susceptible to scratches and damage from everyday wear and accidents. Protect your gold from dings and scratches by removing your jewelry before playing high-contact sports or doing intricate manual labor with your hands. Avoid contact with harsh chemicals like chlorine and bleach as these substances will damage the structure of your metal, compromising its hardness. Use rubber gloves while using household cleaners like with acids or abrasives or remove your jewelry while cleaning. Even chemicals like makeup and hairspray can damage your jewelry and make it dirty. Wait to put your jewelry on after you’ve applied your cosmetics and hair products. Remove your jewelry before taking a bath because, like hairspray and makeup, soap scum will cause dirt to cling to your jewelry.

Cleaning Gold

Gold Cleaning

Cleaning your jewelry on a regular basis will help remove soap scum, grime, dirt, and oil buildup. Before you start scrubbing your jewelry, however, let it soak for at least three hours in warm water with a few drops of dish soap. Rinse away the soap and use a terry cloth to blot dry. For caked on dirt, use a soft bristled toothbrush to clean these areas gently. Patina is discoloration on the surface of the metal caused by oil from your fingers and other contaminants. Regular cleanings can help keep patina from building up. However, if it’s been a while since you’ve cleaned your jewelry, you may need professional help to restore your gold to its former glory.

Jewelry Storage

Since gold is a soft metal, it should be stored separately from other pieces in your jewelry box. Store each piece of jewelry separately to avoid the possibility of tangling. Wrap each piece individually in a soft cloth. Lens cleaning squares are great for smaller pieces, or you can use cloth drawstring bags from your local craft store for watches, brooches, and pendants. For your special pieces, consider storing your jewelry in a fire safe that’s also waterproof. For more tips on how to clean or sell gold in Atlanta, contact the jewelry experts at the Elan Diamond Group.