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Use Jewelry Cleaner on Gold

Cleaning your gold jewelry is a very simple process and should be done to clean off the oils from your skin, hair spray, lotions, etc. to bring back that sparkle and shine. When I worked for a jewelry store, we used commercial products that we also sold for home jewelry cleaning.

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You can purchase the cleaners or make your own. It's just a matter of using a bath of warm water and a few drops of liquid dish washing soap to soak your gold jewelry in. However, do NOT do it with opals or pearls. They are porous stones and need to be treated differently. I use an old toothbrush to scrub areas that are hard to get to. You could also use a solution of 50% water and 50% ammonia.

I also use a small ultra sound cleaner that can be purchased in most department stores and vibrates the dirt off of the jewelry. It does a great job of cleaning your jewelry.

Once you soak and scrub the items, rinse them in warm water and dry with a soft cloth. Let them air dry for a few hours before putting your sparkling clean jewelry away.

By HerkDia from Baltimore, MD

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November 21, 20110 found this helpful

I do not recommend using ammonia on jewelry. For thirteen years I have been making and selling an ammonia free jewelry cleaner called Reflections that is safe for all metals and stones, even opals and pearls. Ammonia also leaves a residue on the back of diamonds and they will be cloudy in a few days. Please be careful about recommending ammonia, as it is very harsh.

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