White gold is an alloy of metals where conventional yellow gold is mixed with white metals of the platinum formation such as nickel, palladium, or silver itself. The formula is usually one part of white metal and two of yellow gold. But how do you clean white gold?
If you have a jewel of this material and you do not know how to clean it so that it looks like the first day, you are in the right place. The most important thing is not to scratch the rhodium layer that the white gold pieces have. We explain it in detail below.
1.Tricks to clean white gold
White gold pieces are usually always presented with a rhodium coating, which creates a kind of patina that gives the jewel a smooth and soft appearance, as well as a great shine. This is known as the mirror-touch because everything is reflected in it. In addition, rhodium provides more durability and resistance, withstanding better over the years. It is one of the finest and most sophisticated metals that you can find in all jewelry stores, but it has other uses such as the manufacture of graphics cards, processors, and small computer circuits thanks to its conductivity.
Since it is a material that requires very special care for its manufacture, you must be careful when cleaning and maintaining your white gold alliances, bracelets, chains, and white gold earrings. It is normal for oxidation to occur over time that generates less resistance and greater wear on the part. Indeed, the piece does not stop having its silver appearance, even if it is scratched, but it does lose its characteristic shine.
Before doing anything, check the white gold wedding rings or the jewel that you are going to clean for any damage. If so, it is best to go to a jeweler who knows how to treat and repair it before cleaning. If the piece is in good condition, you can clean it yourself without problems with these remedies.
2.Dishwasher and water
You only need dish soap and warm water to clean a white gold chain or any jewelry made with this material. To start, pour water into a container in which you can submerge the parts you want to clean.
Fill it about half full and add a tablespoon of grease remover dish soap. Mix well until foam comes out and put the jewels inside for 20 minutes. After this time, take out the white gold earrings and other jewelry and dry them with a soft cloth.
3.Baking soda and water
This technique is especially recommended for getting into hard-to-reach nooks, so you’ll need an old toothbrush. Mix baking soda and warm water in a bowl until you get a paste, insert the toothbrush and take a little. Rub the jewel gently to avoid scratching it or damaging the rhodium layer.
Do this cleaning for 5 to 10 minutes and then rinse the white gold chain and the rest of the jewelry with warm water to remove the remains of the paste. Finally, dry them with a soft cloth to restore their usual shine.
4.Lemon juice and baking soda
This remedy is indicated for those jewels that are thicker than usual, that is, those that have a thicker and heavier layer of rhodium, between 0.2 and 0.5 milligrams. Therefore, it is not recommended for thin or delicate white gold pieces. It is a fairly acidic mixture from lemon juice, which you should mix at room temperature with baking soda and warm mineral water. Then, as in the previous case, we will need the help of a soft toothbrush for optimal cleaning.
Fill a container with warm mineral water and soak the jewelry in it for 15-20 minutes. After this time, take out the white gold chain and the rest of the jewels and mix the lemon with a tablespoon of baking soda until it forms a paste. With the gold pieces still moistened, rub the entire surface of the jewel well with the help of the toothbrush. After rubbing for a few minutes, rinse the gold rings and other pieces and dry them to give them their shine again.
For white gold pieces that are smooth and do not have recesses, this technique is quite effective. You just have to use cream toothpaste and a soft toothbrush.
Rub all over the piece for a few minutes with the brush and a little paste and rinse with water until all traces are removed. Dry with a soft cloth to properly shine and polish the gold chain and other jewelry.
Take a small container and add the juice of an onion to dip the white gold earrings and other pieces into the liquid. Let them soak for about two hours, remove them and rinse with soap and water to remove the onion smell. Rinse with mineral water and dry with a soft cloth so that it shines like the first day.
Lastly, don’t forget to rinse white gold rings, bracelets, chains, and earrings with warm water after cleaning, if they can be chlorine-free. If you do not get the result you expected, do not use corrosive liquids that can spoil them, better take them to a jeweler.