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How to Clean Gold and Silver Jewellery

Has your precious ancestral jewellery been looking dull lately? To restore its shine, check out our guide on how to clean gold and silver jewellery.

We all have that one piece of gold or silver jewellery which is particularly precious to us. Perhaps, because it’s been passed on in the family for generations or it brings back sweet memories of someone special. To ensure the longevity of your favourite pieces of jewellery, it’s important to know how to clean them properly.

Despite any unpleasant experiences that you might have had before, cleaning gold and silver jewellery is fairly uncomplicated if you follow our simple guidelines.

How to Clean Gold Jewellery?

People often panic when it comes to cleaning gold jewellery as it gets easily damaged with visible scratches. But in truth, cleaning gold jewellery isn’t complicated if you know how to create a gold jewellery cleaner:

Step 1:

Fill a bowl with 2 cups of warm water

Step 2:

Add a few drops of cleaning solution to it, preferably Vim Gel. Always test any new product or solution on a small area before using

Step 3:

Place your gold items into the bowl

Step 4:

Let them soak in the solution for 15 minutes

Step 5:

Take a soft-bristled brush and gently scrub the item

Step 6:

Rinse your jewellery in warm water

Step 7:

Wipe it dry with a soft cloth

When you use this method, you’ll notice how the lemon concentrate in the Vim Gel clears all stains and impurities on the metal surface completely, bringing back its original shine.

How to Clean Silver Jewellery?

Silver easily becomes dull and tarnished with time and usage. Unlike copper which develops a green residue, silver turns dark. The process explained below outlines how to create a solution that cleans silver jewellery effortlessly:

Step 1:

Place a cramped piece of aluminium foil with its shiny side up into a heatproof glass dish or pan

Step 2:

Put your silver jewellery into a bowl

Step 3:

Place your jewellery in the dish and sprinkle some baking soda over it

Step 4:

Add boiling water immediately and stir baking soda with a spoon to mix well

Step 5:

Once the tarnish disappears, remove your silver items. Always take extra care when dealing with boiling water; wear heat protectant gloves if required.

Step 6:

Rinse the jewellery pieces with warm water

Step 7:

Dry your jewellery with a paper towel or a soft cloth

This method shouldn’t be used on jewellery studded with stones, shells or pearls. Instead, you can scrub them with an effective silver-cleaner mixture made of baking soda and water.

Now that you know how to clean your gold and silver pieces effectively, they are always going to look brand new!

Things to remember: Avoid using harsh chemicals to clean your jewellery and always read product labels before trying any new cleaners on your precious items.

Top Tip

Use a soft-bristled brush and a microfiber cloth while cleaning gold. For best results, opt for Vim Gel as it makes for a mild yet effective solution. Read the instructions carefully before use and always test any new product or solution on a small area first.