Even high quality jewelry needs a special care, whenever it's 14K or 18K gold. Knowing some simple jewelry care rules will help to keep your precious collection everlasting for generations. As professionals we're here to answer all common questions about jewelry care:
When should I take my engagement ring off?
It is recommended to take any kind of jewelry when working with chemicals or doing high impact work. Please better remove your rings when:
- Cleaning your home: chemicals may harm the metal and gemstones
- Doing sports, especially contact sports or working out in a gym
- Swimming in a pool: water with chlorine can weaken gold
- Swimming in the sea: a ring can easily slip off in a cold water
- Doing your skincare routine: moisturisers will leave a greasy film on a metal and gemstones, it will diminish the brilliance over time
- Working in a garden
How to clean gold jewelry?
- All gold rings and most precious gemstones can be cleaned with warm water, mild dish soap (no detergents) and a soft brush.
- Don't use toothpaste, baking soda and abrasives!
- Always remember to close the drain if you are using your sink
- Rinse your jewelry in warm water, let it dry completely and buff with a soft, dry, lint free cloth
- To return the shine of your gold ring please use polishing cloth we included in your order
- If needed visit local jeweller once a year for a professional cleaning with ultrasonic
Safely store your jewelry
- Store your pieces separately, it will avoid pieces knocking together
- Use individual plastic bag or cloth pouch
- Don't leave your jewelry in a bathroom for a long time
White gold jewelry care
All white gold jewelry is rhodium plated for giving a lustre and white shine. Rhodium has a thin layer which will tear off over the time, so it is not recommended to use polishing cloth. White gold jewelry can have a bit of a yellow tone over time, but it can be easily fixed. Bring it to your local jeweller once a year for a re-plating.
14K vs 18K: durability
Because of its higher percentage of alloyed metals, 14k gold offers more resistance to wear and tear. Those worried about scratch resistance should definitely consider getting 14K gold. This is the best choice for delicate leaf engagement rings and everyday wedding bands.
18K gold jewelry is softer than 14K, and is therefore typically considered a special occasion piece.
Does 14K / 18K gold tarnish?
Pure 24K gold by itself doesn't tarnish, but it is not used for jewelry making since it is extremely soft. 9K, 10K, 14K and 18K alloys are made from mixing pure gold with other metals (silver, copper) which gives them durability and colour. These metals can tarnish when exposed to oxygen, humidity and sulfur. The general rule: jewelry with less pure gold content will likely be tarnished. 18K gold won't tarnish except for a few specific and rare conditions. 14K can show a very little tarnishing if any at all.