How to look after your gold jewellery and precious stones

  • by Jordi Rosich

It's natural to have doubts about how to look after your jewellery. With daily wear and tear it can gradually lose the brilliance it used to have - as I'm sure you've noticed! Above all, you'll have noticed this with your rings because they're worn on the hands and therefore more prone to becoming damaged.

Moreover, we don't tend to take our jewellery off whenever we use sun or moisturising cream, soap, perfume, etc. and our jewellery can become tarnished and dirty. An opaque layer can cover your precious stones and gold can lose its shine.

So I thought it'd be a good idea to provide you with some tips to ensure your jewellery is always radiant. And in case you have any more doubts, here's my email address. Write to me at:

Can gold be damaged?

Yes, gold jewellery can be damaged by daily wear and tear. Gold is a soft metal so it's used as an alloy together with other metals to make it harder. But it can still become scratched.

How can I keep my jewellery gleaming?

This may sound like a cliché but the most important thing to keep your jewellery radiant is prevention

In other words, if you're a very practical person and love to do things around the house like cooking, DIY, gardening, painting, etc., it's much better to take off your jewellery while you do it - and even more so if it's actually your job!

Remember there are products like detergents, alcohol, bleach, acid (lemon, vinegar) that can damage or tarnish gold and some precious stones.

And if you like to keep fit, I advise you not to wear any jewellery with precious stones in chlorinated pools or while you do sport as it could get damaged. Particular attention should be paid to white gold jewellery as its rhodium plating could disappear more quickly than usual and your jewellery will lose its shine in a very short time.

However, rose and yellow gold jewellery without gemstones is more hardwearing. Firstly, because of the alloy used and, secondly, because there's no rhodium plating. That means you can keep it on while you do sport, although it still might get dirty or superficially scratched.

Here a more detailed explanation. You can download and print out this information if you want to keep it handy, or come and get a printed card at Atelier - Joieria de Girona. Ask me for one when you come, OK?

Download it here: "How to look after your jewellery"

How to clean jewellery yourself

I'll tell you about a remedy you can use to clean your jewellery with precious stones or diamonds at home. You can do it once a month, if you like.

All you need to do is put some water into a pan bring it to the boil. Once you see it bubbling, put your jewellery in for 5 to 10 minutes. After this time, take it out carefully (don't burn yourself!) and rinse it in cold tap water. You can use a pair of non-metal tongs to do this. Dry your jewellery, being very careful not to scratch it. Use a cotton cloth, without rubbing, to gradually absorb the water. 

And that's it! In no time at all you'll have removed all the dirt picked up during the month from gel, soap and grease!

How to clean jewellery with diamonds or gemstones

Precious stones and diamonds can also be cleaned with the typical alcohol you probably have at home, of 96º strength. Pour a little onto your piece of jewellery and wipe gently with a cloth to remove any dirt that may have adhered to the stones.

But you have to be very careful and precise because alcohol and white gold don't go well together. Remember that alcohol tarnishes rhodium-plated jewellery.

Hydroalcoholic gels and jewellery. Should they be used?

You can also use the boiling water remedy to get rid of any remains of hydroalcoholic gel on your jewellery. As I'm sure this is a subject that has been of some concern lately, you can find more information here:

Can antibacterial gel damage jewellery?

I can assure you that such gels and jewellery are not incompatible. Nevertheless, whenever possible you should try to wash your hands with soap and water rather than using a gel.

In short... How can you make sure your jewellery is always gleaming?

Choose yellow or rose gold jewellery if you're concerned about maintenance. It's  more resistant than white gold because of the nature of the alloys used (they contain more copper, a much harder metal) and because it doesn't need any rhodium plating (the metal layer that covers white gold rings and gives them their spectacular mirror effect).

Prevention is better than cure. You may love your jewellery and feel better with it on but I recommend you take it off when you sleep, do sport or carry out tasks that involve contact with alcohol, acid, abrasive surfaces, moisturising cream…

To make your jewellery gleam, boil it for 5 to 10 minutes once a month. This will remove any remains of soap and grease and they'll shine once more.

You can clean your diamonds and precious stones with 96º alcohol but very carefully. In the case of white gold rings with gemstones, try not to let the alcohol come into contact with the gold.

♡ If you've dropped your jewellery from Roosik & Co or it has deep scratches, the best thing is to bring it to the workshop and we'll take a good look at it. Moreover, remember our jewellery benefits from free lifetime maintenance carried out every two years. We'll make your jewellery gleam like the very first day you wore it.

Have any more doubts about how to take care of your gold jewellery yourself? Write to me! I'd be delighted to help:

See you soon!


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