Caring for your Gold
Date Posted:1 March 2019
Your jewellery is important to you and maintaining it is just a matter of routine care and cleaning. Following these helpful tips will keep your pieces looking as good as new!
White gold is an alloy formed using fine yellow gold and other naturally white precious metals to make the final metal white in colour.
All white gold is finished in a rhodium plate and therefore susceptible to wear over time, given that gold naturally wants to be yellow. Avoid wearing your white gold jewellery whilst performing household tasks or coming into contact with chemicals as it will wear off much quicker.
White gold jewellery should be professionally cleaned, polished and re-rhodium plated annually to ensure longevity and shine. Rhodium acts as an extra protection barrier because it is a very heavy metal and can prevent your setting, tips and shank from wearing down.
In Australia, most jewellery is made with 9ct, 14ct or 18ct gold. As gold is a soft metal, it does scratch and can be bent or broken with force. Most gold jewellery can be buffed and polished using our professional cleaning service, and you can purchase a soft gold cloth to maintain your pieces at home.
Don't forget, gold jewellery should always be stored in a compartmentalised jewellery box to prevent scratching!
White Gold needs to be Rhodium Plated regularly to keep its shine.
9ct Yellow Gold will always be a softer tone than 14ct & 18ct.
Some people have highly acidic skin which affects the colour of their rose gold jewellery.
Rose gold is made from a blend of copper, gold and silver. Depending on the carat of gold the quantities of each metal will vary. If a higher percentage of copper is used, you will see a brighter and more vibrant pink. For example, 9ct rose gold contains more copper and less gold, whereas 18ct rose gold has more gold and less copper, therefore it will be a softer shade of pink. If your skin is highly acidic this may affect the colour of rose gold.
Cleaning your rose gold uses the same process as yellow gold, however it is best to avoid buffing your pieces regularly given it is an alloyed mixture. Instead, keep a soft gold cloth at home and bring your jewellery in for a professional clean every six to twelve months.
Tip: Some people have highly acidic skin which affects the colour of their rose gold jewellery and causes it to tarnish. If this happens to you, try wearing your rose gold in cooler months where you can layer it over high neck tops and avoid it from coming into contact with the skin.
If you are unsure of how to properly care for your gold jewellery, get in touch and we will help answer any questions you may have!