It is important that you properly care for gold chain jewellery, as this will ensure that it remains in good condition for many years to come. These sorts of pieces can last for decades, passed on through the family. We have provided this list of handy care tips that you can use to return the shine to your pieces – ensure that you follow them carefully to avoid damaging the jewellery.

How to Clean
You can create a homemade cleaning solution that works just as well as pricey chemical ones. In a large bowl, mix two parts of dishwashing liquid with ten parts warm water. Soak your jewellery for about 3 hours, then gently scrub it using a soft, clean toothbrush. Then rinse in hot water and dry thoroughly with a microfiber cloth and polish with a jewellery cloth.

How to Maintain
It is recommended that you take gold jewellery to a reputable jewellery annually to have them checked for loose components. This is especially important if your piece contains diamonds or other gemstones, as you would hate for one to become loose and fall out. Whilst you’re at the jeweller, it’s a good idea to have the piece fully steamed and buffed.

How to Store
Your jewellery should be the last thing you put on in the morning and the first thing you take off at night. That way, your chain won’t get spritzed with perfume or caught in your clothes. To prevent scratches and tangles, separate each piece on velvet-lined trays, in boxes with compartments or even in zippered plastic bags. Items are prone to scratching each other.

Solving Common Problems

  • Knotted Chains: This is a common problem if the chain hasn’t been stored properly. Begin by undoing the clasp, then dab some olive oil onto the knot and lay the chain on a flat surface. You should be able to untangle the knot using two pins.

  • Broken Chain: This is another common problem if the chain hasn’t been stored properly. You will need to take it to a jeweller – they will solder the pieces together and will add more gold where necessary. The price will depend on the complexity of the fix.

We hope that you found the information provided in this article useful in knowing how to properly care for gold chain jewellery. Whilst gold generally doesn’t tarnish, it can become dirty or even damaged if it hasn’t been properly cared for. If you are unsure whether you’re dealing with real gold or a piece that has been plated, take it into a reputable jeweller.