Overtime, gold necklaces can develop a buildup of film from the natural oil of the skin, perfume, soap and other products. This may cause the piece to appear like it lost its luster. Proper care and cleaning of your gold necklace will help it stay sparkling.
Cleaning a gold necklace is rather easy to do. Take a large bowl of warm water with a few drops a mild dish washing liquid and then put your gold necklace in the bowl. Using your fingers, rub the necklace to thoroughly clean it. You can also use a cotton swap for small intricate areas. Do not, however use toothpaste or baking soda. These are too abrasive and can cause imperfections. Rinse your gold necklace thoroughly with clean warm water and then dry it with a soft cloth. Do not use a tissues or paper towel to dry your necklace as this will leave particles of wood and lint behind.
Polishing your gold necklace is one of very last steps of the cleaning process and should be done with a polishing cloth. Going in a straight rather than circular motion will avoid patterns being created on the gold while cleaning.
After cleaning and polishing, you should always put your necklace in a fabric lined box if you are not wearing it. This will safeguard it from getting scratched from other jewelry.
Most importantly always make sure that your gold necklace is completely dry before storing, as tarnishing can occur with only a small amount moisture.
We hope these tips help you enjoy your gold necklace (or other jewelry) for many years to come!