The jewellery we wear is a stamp of our personalities, our lives and our passions. Whether we’ve purchased the items ourselves or have had a memorable and precious moment with our partners or any close family member or friend where the exchange of beautiful jewellery has been made. Each piece has a story behind it, a meaning and thus, a memory. White gold in particular has become a popular metal of choice lately and keeping white gold rings, pendants, earrings and other items in good condition can be tricky. Here at Clogau, we wanted to share a few tips to help keep your Clogau jewellery at its best.
Before we start, let’s have a look at what white gold actually is. White gold rings are of course not pure gold, but are an alloy of gold and more often than not, nickel, palladium or silver. Whatever combination the alloy is, it still remains a yellowy colour. To get the clear whiter colour, they are then plated with rhodium. Rhodium being highly reflective, extremely durable and does not tarnish easily.
Over the years however, natural erosion can occur. The main concern is with the rhodium wearing off. Thankfully, re-plating your beautiful jewellery with rhodium once more is relatively easy and cheap.
In between these times, there are a few things you can do to extend the rhodium’s life. White gold wedding rings for example can be cleaned using a solution of equal parts ammonia and water, although if your wedding rings have any pearls or gems, please ask your local jewellers for advice.
If you have concerns about using ammonia solutions, you could use an ultrasonic machine which uses water and vibrations to clean intricate jewellery pieces.
Perhaps the best way of keeping your jewellery at show room standard, is to store it in a cloth box. Although this is not easily done as we of course want to wear our jewellery! However, a quick wipe down with a dust cloth and storing in a box when not in use, or at times when you know you will be handling chemicals or are likely to do be taking part in activities that may risk your items, will help.
If you would like any advice on how to care for your white gold rings, or perhaps other items such as gold wedding rings and silver eternity rings, please contact us here at Clogau. We are all very proud of each piece of Clogau jewellery and are more than happy to advise where required.