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Now if you’re anything like me, adding a touch of golden glitz to my outfit… a simple gold ring, a chunky hoop or a full stack of ‘drippin’in gold’ necklaces… it’s like, the olive to the martini… the bruise to my last night out dancing… the cherry on top, if you will… You get me, right? Can’t be without it.
Anyway, you can imagine the HORROR, when I’m 5 mins to leaving (and 15 mins past the time I was supposed to have left) to find my prized dainty gold disc choker necklace is well… rather dull, actually *missing* that ‘I’m full of flawlessness’ look…
“How on actual earth am I supposed to get my sauce on if my neckpiece is going to be sort of ‘wa-wa-waahh’ (you’ll have to say that out loud to understand the phonetics)”... is what I thought to myself.
You can imagine…
Anyway, I had time I thought, 5 mins, no problem, try me. I was not prepared to start making tarnished gold necklaces part of my appeal, no mam!
Take your lacklustre tarnished necklace and transform it back to its original golden glow:
Here’s what I did:
T-minus 5 mins to go: How to clean a tarnished gold-plated necklace at home in 5 mins:
1. First step: the base clean – how to shine gold plated jewellery
By far, the quickest option is to take a dry soft jewellery cloth and wipe the surface of the gold necklace. 8/10 times this will restore the shine. (If you don’t have one, try a clean sunglass cloth, or microfibre cloth you have for cleaning glass/windows).
Make sure to clean both the gold necklace chain and gold necklace pendant, it’s easy to focus on the pendant but with the chain making up the bulk of the necklace, you’ll want that to be looking flawless too!
2. Second step: for the really dirty gold-plated necklace - how to remove tarnish from gold plated jewellery
Unfortunately for me, I was the 2/10 and needed a real deep clean on this bad boy. By now I was t-minus 3 mins to heading out… ignoring the frantic buzzing in my back pocket I cupped my poor little dirty golden choker in my hands and grabbed a soft cloth.
Wet the cloth (ideally made for jewellery) with warm soapy water. (Don’t have this? I’ve used a facecloth or an equally soft flannel – it’s easier if its thinner and hand soap is fine!)
Now, remember, this was a gold-plated sterling silver necklace – and gold plating deserves a gentle touch, you don’t want to be rubbing off any of that top golden layer, so gently rub the surface of your gold-plated jewellery or necklace with the damp cloth.
3. Third step: your gold necklace is clean!
Dry the jewellery, throw it on, quick kiss to the mirror, then run out the door. You’ve managed it.
Tips to take your lacklustre tarnished necklace and transform it back to its original golden glow:
Now, hopefully, the above has worked and you’re already on your way out of the door wearing your chunky gold chain, or dainty drop choker. But if it hasn’t, or if you’ve got more than 5 minutes to spare, here are my tips for keeping your prized golden necklace glowing for longer.
Here’s how to look after your gold-plated jewellery:
What to do with your gold-plated jewellery:
What not to do with your gold-plated jewellery:
Best tools you’ll have at home to clean your gold-plated necklace:
If you’re prioritising buying the actual gold necklace, over the gold cleaner for the necklace, you’re on my level… and back in the beginning, I definitely didn’t own any professional cleaning equipment or a special magical cleaning cloth… so here’s how I ‘made do’ back then.
Try soft microfibre, facial or sunglasses cloths, use cotton balls and cotton swabs.
Gentle hand wash or dishwasher soap will work just fine. Make sure to not soak the items for too long (over 5-10 mins), especially if your dainty gold choker contains gemstones or adhesive elements, as the water can damage the glue.
And there you have it, a quick guide to caring and cleaning your gold-plated jewellery – doesn’t matter if it’s for rings, bracelets, anklets, necklaces or gold earrings – this 5-minute fix will work for all of them!
And if your little item is simply just too old and worn down that cleaning won’t work, treat yourself to something new with 20% off Elk & Bloom jewellery - with the code ‘CLEAN20’!
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