Gold jewelry is the perfect fusion of mother nature's beauty with human creativity and craftsmanship. In order to keep our jewelry as sparkly as it's meant to be, here are some tips on how to clean and care for your pieces:
Plain Gold Jewelry:
Automic gold jewelry is made with solid 14 karat gold that isn’t afraid of water or chemicals and could be kept on 24/7.
Cleaning your solid gold jewelry is super simple:
Using either a soft brush or a soft cloth, gently scrub your jewelry with mild soap and water
For tough messes, you can soak your plain gold jewelry overnight in a cup of soapy water.
Gold and Diamonds:
Diamonds are tough babes, literally. Diamond is THE hardest mineral on earth and can only be scratched by another diamond. Working out, hanging out, washing your hands or going for a swim...you can wear your diamonds 24/7 without worry. To clean your diamond jewelry: gently scrub with a soft brush, adding a little warm water and mild soap; wipe with a soft-lint free cloth to restore its bright shine.
These stones are hard and non-porous; they can handle your workouts, hangouts, and just about anything else. You only need to take them off when you're doing intense work. The color of a Sapphire or Ruby may experience slight signs of fading over time with prolonged exposure to direct sunlight, Moissanites are not affected by UV rays. To clean these babes, use a little mild soap with water and scrub with a soft cloth.
Gold with softer Non-Porous Stones:
When a stone is non-porous it isn’t harmed by water or everyday chemicals like soaps, lotions or perfumes; so you can wear them every day. Stones like Aquamarine, Peridot, Garnet, Amethyst, Citrine, Moonstone, Australian Opals, Topaz, Alexandrite, Tourmaline, Morganite, Spinel, Zircon, Labradorite, Tanzanite, Agates and all types of Quartz can handle your day-to-day life and keep you looking gorgeous. Take these pieces off when doing any hard labor or working out to avoid scratching or chipping. Keep them looking gorgeous by occasionally cleaning with mild soapy water and a soft cloth.
Some of these stones are sensitive to UV light. The color has the potential to fade with direct and prolonged exposure to sunlight over time. Amethyst, Aquamarine, Citrine, Opal, Moonstone, untreated Morganite, Tourmaline, Garnet, Tanzanite, Zircon, some light-colored Spinel, and all colored Quartz stones should be worn sparingly in direct sunlight. Topaz, Peridot, Alexandrite, Labradorite, Agates, as well as clear and rutilated Quartz are not sensitive to sunlight.
Gold with Porous Stones:
Some jewelry needs a little extra love and care. Stones like Emerald, Pearls, Turquoise, Onyx, Jade, Lapis Lazuli, Malachite, Sunstone, Tiger Eye, and non-Australian Opals can be damaged by lotions and perfumes; they should be the last thing you put on and the first thing you take off. These stones need a little help to stay at their most beautiful; take them off before washing your hands, working out, bathing or doing any hard labor in order to prevent breaking, cracking or scratching. While most of these stones are stable when exposed to sunlight, the color in Emeralds and Opals may fade with prolonged exposure to direct sunlight. Amber may darken in sunlight over time and Turquoise and Pearls may experience some dehydration and discoloration in the sun. Use only a soft, dry or slightly damp cloth to wipe them clean.
How to Check Your Gemstone Settings:
There are many reasons why a diamond or gemstone setting may become loose. Bumping or dropping your jewelry, catching it on clothing, or just normal everyday wear can cause your stones setting to wear down over time. Some metals, like gold, are softer than others and some setting types are more secure than others.
For example, a Bezel setting is one of the most secure because the stone is covered and protected the entire way around. Prong settings tend to be less secure since they only partially cover the stone and they protrude outwards from the jewelry. However, the more prongs the setting has, the more secure your stone is. An 8 prong ring will be much more secure than a 3 prong ring.
To make sure your stones stay safe and secure, remember to gently check your stones settings every few weeks or so by following these easy steps:
First, visibly check the setting for any twisted, open or bent prongs, chipped stones, or worn down metal.
Second, softly tap on the stone with your fingernail to check for any visible movement. If the setting is secure the stone should not move.
Third, put the tip of your fingernail on the side of your stone and gently try to rock it back and forth. Again, you should not see any movement.
Lastly, gently shake the jewelry close to your ear and look out for any rattling sounds. That sound is an indication your setting might be worn down.
If you see or hear anything wrong with your setting, take off your jewelry immediately. Do not attempt to fix your jewelry yourself, as this could result in the setting breaking further which puts your stone at risk of getting damaged or lost. If your Automic Gold jewelry needs repair, please Contact Us to initiate the repair process. Please visit our F.A.Q page for warranty and repair information.
With just a tiny bit of care, your gold jewelry can last you (literally) a lifetime.